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UW-Eau Claire's SUREPAM 2008 Attracts
Mathematics Students from Around the Country

RELEASED: June 23, 2008

EAU CLAIRE — Beautiful summer days and mathematics research may not be readily associated in most people's minds, but this summer the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will be buzzing with math research activity for the second consecutive year.

National Science Foundation logoThe Summer Research in Pure and Applied Mathematics program at UW-Eau Claire is funded by a $269,740 National Science Foundation grant awarded in fall 2006 to UW-Eau Claire mathematics faculty members Dr. Mohamed B. Elgindi, principal investigator, and Dr. Michael Howe, co-principal investigator.

The SUREPAM grant is for four years and provides funds for 10 students each summer to conduct research in pure and applied mathematics at UW-Eau Claire.

Last year's program resulted in four student/faculty collaborative publications for scholarly journals (two accepted and two pending) and four off-campus presentations, and Elgindi said he believes SUREPAM 2008 has the potential to produce similarly impressive results. The theme for 2008 is "Applications of Analysis in Mathematical Biology," and Dr. Gheorghe Craciun of UW-Madison will offer a two-credit course with the same title.

Ten students from institutions around the country, including Brown University, University of Chicago, University of Maryland, Nazareth College in New York, State University of New York, St. Olaf College, UW-Madison and UW-Eau Claire, will attend one of two eight-week programs.

The first, which has already begun, runs May 27 through July 22 and is led by Elgindi, along with Dr. Michael Penkava of UW-Eau Claire and Craciun. Program 2 will run June 24-Aug. 19 and will be led by Elgindi, along with Howe and Dr. James Walker of UW-Eau Claire.

In connection with the SUREPAM program, Elgindi will organize the summer 2008 workshop, "Applications of Analysis in Mathematical Biology," July 13-14. The workshop will include distinguished professors from the University of Utah, Wayne State University, New York University, University of St. Thomas, University of Texas, St. Olaf College and German University in Cairo, Egypt. SUREPAM faculty and students will present the results of their 2008 research projects during this workshop.

Students from anywhere in the United States may apply to participate in the SUREPAM program, which will run through summer 2010. For further information and application forms, visit the program Web site or contact Elgindi at 715-836-2768 or elgindmb@uwec.edu.

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