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Advanced Mathematics Program for Undergraduate Students


The Advanced Mathematics Program supports UC Riverside's undergraduate students to help further their career in mathematics. It is primarily composed of a month-long FREE Summer School meant to prepare students for success in undergraduate algebra and analysis. The Summer School will be taught by four approachable graduate student instructors working in pairs. It will also have weekly speakers from career mathematicians. This program is supervised by Professor Po-Ning Chen and coordinated by Mr. Tim McEldowney.

This project is partially funded by the Mathematical Association of America. For details on this program, please visit its website:



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Shannon Sweitzer Awarded the Deborah K. Bosch Mathematics Memorial Award for 2018


Shannon Sweitzer is a graduating senior in UCR's Math Department. During her time at here UCR she worked on a project in random matrix theory under the direction of Professor Michael Hartglass and Professor James Kelliher. This project led to Shannon winning a Barry Goldwater Scholarship, a national award for students pursuing research careers in STEM, during her junior year. Shannon also conducted research in probability and number theory last summer as part of a research experience for undergraduates (REU) at Williams College. Shannon also serves as a Supplemental Instruction leader for various math courses, as the Student Coordinator for the Office of Student Engagement and is part of the University Honors program.

This year, Shannon will graduate summa cum laude with her B.S. in mathematics. This fall she will begin the Ph.D. program in Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Southern California, where she will focus on operations research and optimization. Shannon was also selected as a recipient of several national fellowships, including the National Physical Sciences Consortium (NPSC) Fellowship, the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Program (NSF GRFP), and the Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship. Shannon ultimately accepted the SMART Scholarship, which will fund her Ph.D. at USC as well provide a 5 year stipend, paid summer internships, and guaranteed employment with the Naval Surface Warfare Center Corona Division after completion of the USC program.

For more information on the Deborah K. Bosch Memorial Award, please visit its website:



Research Experiences for Undergraduates: Paige Helms and Sofia Martinez Alberga


We would like to congratulate two undergraduate students in our department that have accepted offers to attend REU’s this coming summer. Paige Helms (pictured right) and Sofia Martinez Alberga (pictured left) are two UCR Juniors that have worked hard to get where they are today.

Paige Helms will be spending the summer at ICERM at Brown University studying low dimensional topology and geometry. Prior to starting at UCR, she attended MiraCosta College. She then worked in a position where she tracked social media data, sales metrics, and consumer statistics. The two years working helped mold her professionally in ways she is just figuring out. Here at UCR she has participated in reading courses with Dr. Vidussi in topology. She also took a reading course in Lie theory with our graduate students Kayla Murray and Ryan Moruzzi with overall supervision by Dr. Chari. She is also currently involved in a undergraduate research project. The support of her family, the inspiration of her professors at community college and UCR, along with her interactions with the graduate students in the department have all helped in her educational journey. Apart from doing and reading math, Paige is a field hockey coach for a high school near Escondido, and enjoys camping and hiking.

Sofia Martinez Alberga will be attending the Fields Institute at the University of Toronto, Canada and will be studying graphs, chromatic symmetric functions, and positivity. While here at UCR she has been a tutor at the Academic Resource center, a CNAS Science Ambassador, and a Gamma Beta Phi Honor society member. Along with those activities, she has participated in a reading course in Lie theory in Fall 2017 and Winter 2018 with our graduate students Kayla Murray and Ryan Moruzzi with overall supervision by Dr. Chari. She is participating in a undergraduate research project this spring. Sofia is also a member of the National Math Alliance, whose goal is to increase the number of underrepresented minorities getting into Phd programs. Recently Sofia attended the infinite possibilities conference at Howard University which is a national conference that is designed to promote, educate, and support women of color interested in mathematics and statistics. Besides her math activities, Sofia enjoys traveling, spending time with her family, and watching independent movies. 



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Combined Modeling and Experimental Study of the Mechanisms of Growth Patterns in Stem Cell Homeostasis in Plants


Dr. Mark Alber of the UCR Math Department received official confirmation of the NSF DMS / NIH NIGMS award. The tile of the project is "Combined Modeling and Experimental Study of the Mechanisms of Growth Patterns in Stem Cell Homeostasis in Plants". The project is supported by the grant DMS 1762063 through the joint NSF DMS / NIH NIGMS Initiative to Support Research at the Interface of the Biological and Mathematical Sciences.

This research program aims to understand how mechanical connections among cells and chemical signals between them collaborate to control the growth, cell-organization and differentiation of stem cells during plant growth. Mathematical and computer models will allow researchers to perform virtual experiments that are currently impossible in the lab. Coupled with live imaging experiments and new image analysis methods, these experiments will yield insights into biological mechanisms governing organ formation in plants and animals and development of cancer in epithelial cell layers of the colon.

The total budget is: $1,099,497 for four years.

PI: Mark Alber, Department of Mathematics, UC Riverside Co-PI: Weitao Chen, Department of Mathematics, UC Riverside Co-PI: Venugopala Reddy Gonehal, Department of Botany and Plant Sciences, UC Riverside Co-PI: Amit Roy-Chowdhury, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, UC Riverside



Math Connections 2018

Math Connections 2018 is a mathematics conference organized by graduate students, for graduate students. Its goal is to bring together graduate students from Southern California and surrounding areas. The conference will consist of 25 minute talks given by graduate students, as well as two plenary talks given by Professor Richard Schoen of UC Irvine, and by Professor Po-Ning Chen of UC Riverside. Each year the conference features a special session on the interplay between two or more areas of math. This year is on Geometry and Differential Equations.