Work with and by students

The SMALL REU

I advised groups on Tropical Geometry in the Summer of 2017 and in the Summer of 2018 at Williams College’s SMALL REU.  Check out the research page for our publications!

SMALL TG 2017 at the Young Mathematician’s Conference in Columbus, OH (Andrew Scharf ’18, Sifan Jiang, Desmond Coles, Neelav Dutta, RM)

SMALL TG 2018 at Mathfest in Denver, CO (Teresa Yu ’20, Julie Yuan, Franny Dean ’19, RM, Ivan Aidun, Sammy Rosofsky ’19)

Thesis students

I have advised three senior honors theses at Williams College:

  • Madeleine Elyze ’18:  On higher distance commuting matrices
  • Andrew Scharf ’18:  Intersections of tropical surfaces
  • Jian Lu ’19:  Time complexities in max-linear systems

Class projects

Most of my upper level classes include a final project.  Here are a few of those!

Nullstellenfont (by Ben Logsdon ’20 and Anya Michaelsen ’19, for Math 487: Computational Algebraic Geometry in Spring 2019)

Algebraic geometry studies varieties, which are shapes defined by polynomial equations.  For instance, polynomials in two variables define curves in the plane.  For their final project, Ben and Anya designed a typographical font called “Nullstellensatz”, which lets you represent any string of letters using a single polynomial equation! For instance, here’s a polynomial defining a curve that looks like my name. If you’d like to make your own, you can download their code here.

Chip-firing tool (by Markus Feng ’21 for Math 334: Graph Theory in Spring 2019)

Chip-firing games on graphs involve placing an integer number of chips on the vertices of the graph, and then moving those chips around by “firing” vertices, which makes them donate a chip to each neighbor.  For his final project in my Graph Theory class, Markus designed a great tool for drawing graphs and then performing chip-firing moves on them.