Watson PhD defense-2

Scott Watson’s Defense 2018 (Advisor Paul So) 

Recent Teaching:

  • Math 214 Spring 2018
  • Math 214 Fall 2017
  • Math 478 Fall 2017
  • Math 214 Spring 2017
  • Math 414 Spring 2017
  •    (A complete list is on my CV.)

Undergraduate Research:


Arsah Rahman Poster JMM 2017


Robert Reznik’s Defense 2016


Michael Crone’s Defense 2015

IMG 0814

Vanessa Little's Graduation 2011


URCM Undergraduate Research Program Summer 2011

Richard Tatum PhD Defense Day

Richard Tatum’s Defense 2010

The EXTREEMS Program is a current program for undergraduate research in computational math,  2015-18. 

The Undergraduate Research in Computational Mathematics (URCM) program was an NSF-funded CSUMS program, completed 2013.  URCM website


The Department of Mathematical Sciences at GMU has periodically run an NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates program. There is close interaction between URCM students and REU students. See the GMU REU website for more information. 

Undergraduate Students: 

  • Robert Allen, undergraduate senior thesis, "Turing instabilities and spatial pattern formation in one dimension,"  2002-03. PhD, 2009. Currently an assistant professor, mathematics, University of Wisconsin, La Crosse.
  • Tyler White, undergraduate senior thesis, "A neurological model for shell pattern formation," 2005-06. Just finished a  PhD, mathematics,  George Washington University.
  • Hanein Edrees and John Price,  "Phase separation dynamics in multi-component alloys," URCM program, joint with Thomas Wanner, 2007-08. This work is a portion of a published paper. H.E. is now a medical student, Georgetown University.
  • Colleen Ackermann (Virginia Tech) and William Hardesty (UMBC),  "Nucleation and spinodal decomposition in ternary-component alloys"  (see paper), REU program, joint with Thomas Wanner, 2009. Currently a senior, VA Tech.
  • James O'Beirne, URCM program, joint with Thomas Wanner, 2009-2010.
  • Olga Stulov (SUNY-New Palz), REU program, joint with Thomas Wanner, 2010.
  • Ian Johnson, URCM program, joint with Thomas Wanner, 2010-2011. A paper on this work appeared in DCDS-A.
  • Nima Namazi, URCM program, joint with Thomas Wanner and Tom Stephens, 2013-14. 
  • James Trichilo, EXTREEMS program, joint with Thomas Wanner, 2015-16. 
  • Harout Boujakjian, Kathleen McClain, Conor Nelson, MEGL program, 2016.
  • Arsah Rahman, 2016 MEGL and 2017 EXTREEMS programs. 
  • Michael Belete and Andrew Hornstra 2018 EXTREEMS program. 

Masters Students

  • Karen Crossin, Masters Project, 2003. Now a lecturer, mathematics, GMU.
  • Anne Costolanski, Masters Thesis, "Explosion points in skew maps." The thesis received the department's outstanding graduate student award, 2007. Current PhD student, NC State. 
  • Vanessa Little, Masters Project, 2011. 

Young mathematicians with Platonic solids 2018


PhD Students

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