Saint Xavier University Mathematics Department

Math Department

Senior Seminar

As an art and a science, mathematics occupies a special place in the Saint Xavier University curriculum. It serves as an investigative tool for the natural sciences, business, education and psychology. It also plays an important role in the development of human thought. Mathematics forms a bridge whereby the student enters the realm of abstract and precise scientific thinking.

Math 399 Senior Seminar

The purpose of the senior seminar is to provide a culminating experience in mathematics for Mathematics majors and Mathematics Secondary Education majors.

The student will conduct research on an advanced topic with guidance from a faculty mentor, prepare a paper and give a presentation based on the research to faculty and students of the Mathematics Department.

Past Senior Seminar Projects
Fall 2018
 Caroline Ciezczak  Zachary Kahn
Caroline Ciezczak
Research Topic: Modular Arithmetic: Exploring Clocks, Quilts, Equations, and Tables
Mentor: Dr. Jaclyn Murawska
Poster
Zachary Kahn
Research Topic: Public-Key Cryptography and Its Hidden Past
Mentor: Dr. Nikki Pitcher
Poster
Christine Labudiong John Lahart
Christine Labudiong Research Topic: Exploring Knot Theory
Mentor: Dr. Kristen Schreck
Poster
John Lahart
Research Topic: Time Series Analysis
Mentor: Dr. Arunas Dagys
Poster
Edvardas Simonelis
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Edvardas Simonelis
Research Topic: Analyzing Multiple Regression Model
Mentor: Dr. Arunas Dagys
Poster
Senior Seminar Highlights - Fall 2018
Spring 2018
Joseph An Joseph Bailey
Joseph An
Research Topic: The Laplace Transform
Mentor: Dr. Arunas Dagys
Joseph Bailey
Research Topic: Visualizations and Models in
Non-Euclidean Geometry
Mentor: Dr. Kristen Schreck
Ashley Linstra  
Ashley Linstra
Research Topic: The Mathematics behind
Global Positioning System
Mentor: Dr. Ahmad Mojiri
 
Fall 2017
Thomas Higgins
Research Topic: Linear Codes and Syndrome Decoding
Mentor: Dr. Nikki Pitcher
Spring 2017
Omar Diaz Marilyn Gellert
Omar Diaz
Research Topic: Press to Play: Game-Based Learning
Mentor: Dr. Jaclyn Murawska
Marilyn Gellert
Research Topic: Optimization Methods in Business Applications with 3D Printing
Mentor: Dr. Kristen Schreck
Fall 2016
Math Club Courtney Correa
Jessica Salgado, Johnathan Burch, Robin Prokaski, Sarah Egan, and Caitlin Christ Courtney Correa

Research Topics

Johnathan Burch: Twenty-Five Point Affine Geometry
Mentor: Dr. Kristen Schreck

Caitlin Christ: Variational Iteration Method for Solving Linear and Nonlinear Ordinary Differential Equations
Mentor: Dr. Abdul-Majid Wazwaz

Courtney Correa: The Calculus of Running
Mentor: Dr. Kristen Schreck

Sarah Egan: Cryptography
Mentor: Dr. Nikki Pitcher

Robin Prokaski: Baseball and Statistics
Mentor: Dr. Arunas Dagy

Jessica Salgado: A Mathematical Examination of Characteristics and Specific Types of Fractals
Mentor: Dr. Jaclyn Murawska