URSA Engage Program 2013
Position Descriptions for Students to Apply For


Faculty Name & Department/School: Dr. Malgorzata Peszynska, Professor of Mathematics, Oregon State University          


Research Project Title: Mathematical modeling, analysis, and simulation of real-life phenomena


Project Overview:  Much of the mathematics learned in classroom can be applied to model real-life phenomena and help in their understanding.  

In turn, many mathematical concepts can be illustrated using technology, and some theoretical discoveries as well as development of important applications can be accelerated using computational methods. In this project students will use existing and develop new mathematical analysis and computational tools to analyze, and develop projects with substantial theoretical and applied mathematical content which are important for various applications to such diverse fields as geosciences, semiconductor modeling, biology and ecology, and engineering.



What skills will students obtain in this project? 

Reading applied mathematics literature within and outside typical coursework. Developing mathematical and computational models and their analyses for important applications.  Using software tools and developing illustrations of the models.


Student research tasks: 

Dependent on background and level of proficiency in the use of technology and mathematical analyses but will include to various degrees: developing illustrations and applications of existing mathematical models using existing technology modules; writing descriptions and detailed mathematical analyses of existing results; running simulations with existing modules; developing new analyses and new modules.


Period of work -Spring and Fall


Number of hours per week expected of student: 5   


Preferred Faculty Contact Information: mpesz@math.oregonstate.edu

(note - applications are NOT sent to mentors - see instructions)


q Yes    x No:   Human Subjects 

q Yes    xNo:   Live Vertebrate Animals

q Yes    x  No:   Recombinant DNA Molecules Transgenic Plants or Animal, and/or Infectious Agents of Plants, Animals, or Humans

q Yes    x  No:   Ionizing Radiation

q Yes    x  No:   Chemical Carcinogens

q Yes    x  No:   Scuba Diving, Free Diving

q Yes    x  No:   Small Boating Operations


If you are interested in applying for this position, you MUST complete the student application HERE and email it to Dr. Kevin Ahern at ahernk@onid.orst.edu

Do NOT email your application to the faculty mentor.