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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 social sciences. 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 for Mathematics majors, Actuarial Science majors, and Mathematics/Secondary Education majors.

The student will conduct research on an advanced mathematical topic with guidance from a faculty mentor, prepare a paper, create a poster, and give a presentation based on the research to Math Department faculty, students, and the community.

Spring 2020  
Michal Szlachta
Research Topic: Graph Theory: From Euler to Google
Mentor: Dr. Kristen Schreck
Jacob Wasik
Research Topic: Geographic Information Systems
Mentor: Dr. Kurt Sheu
Past Senior Seminar Projects
Spring 2019
Amanda Asfour
Research Topic: Systems of Integral Equations by Adomian Decomposition Method
Mentor: Dr. Abdul Wazwaz
Rene Haskins
Research Topic: The Complexity of the Quadratic Sieve
Mentor: Dr. Nikki Pitcher
Justin Hunniford
Research Topic: Fractals: Looking into the Koch Snowflake, Dragon Curve, and Apollonian Gasket
Mentor: Dr. Jaclyn Murawska
Kevin Langland
Research Topic: Stokes' Theorem and the Surface Area of Geographic Regions
Mentor: Dr. Nikki Pitcher
Adrian Marquez-Mata
Research Topic: General Carpet Fractals and Fractal Dimension
Mentor: Dr. Kristen Schreck
Maggie Stimac
Research Topic: The Fibonacci Sequence and its Relationship with the Golden Ratio
Mentor: Dr. Jaclyn Murawska
Ryan Woods
Research Topic: Nonparametric Solutions with MLB Analysis
Mentor: Dr. Arunas Dagys

Poster and Picture Gallery

Fall 2018
Caroline Ciezczak
Research Topic: Modular Arithmetic: Exploring Clocks, Quilts, Equations, and Tables
Mentor: Dr. Jaclyn Murawska
Zachary Kahn
Research Topic: Public-Key Cryptography and Its Hidden Past
Mentor: Dr. Nikki Pitcher
Christine Labudiong Research Topic: Exploring Knot Theory
Mentor: Dr. Kristen Schreck
John Lahart
Research Topic: Time Series Analysis
Mentor: Dr. Arunas Dagys
Edvardas Simonelis
Research Topic: Analyzing Multiple Regression Model
Mentor: Dr. Arunas Dagys
Senior Seminar Highlights - Fall 2018
Spring 2018
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
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
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
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