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Rigorous research

Challenging math research opportunities are available throughout your academic year and even throughout the summer months if you’re really into it! Mathematics professors enjoy collaboration and devote lots of time to making mathematical discoveries with you. Students present their work in a professional environments at national and state mathematical conferences, at the annual Spring Math Retreat, and at the university-wide Celebration of Excellence in Research and Creative Activity (CERCA).

Check out the list below for just a few examples of research projects that have been completed by students and faculty.

Math whiz falls in love with research at UW-Eau Claire

Nellie Brushaber is not only a mathematician, her research into knot theory is being recognized at conferences, in classrooms, and by the likes of Chancellor Schmidt.

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Knot Theory Research video

Dr. Carolyn Otto and students Nellie Brushaber and Molly Petersen discuss Knot Theory Research.


Past research projects

  • A Comparison of Solutions of the Two Dynamic Riccati Equations on Time Scales | Dr. Chris Ahrendt
  • Algebra Associated to the Hasse Graphs of the n-Dimensional Semi-hypercube | Dr. Colleen Duffy
  • Dissonance Analysis in Piano Works of Debussy | Dr. James Walker
  • Further Applications of D8 x D8 | Dr. Dandrielle Lewis
  • Genetic Association Mapping in Latinos | Dr. Abra Brisbin
  • Lattice Point Geometry | Dr. aBa Mbirika
  • Mathematics of Rhythm and Syncopation | Dr. James Walker
  • Minimal Complexity C-complexes for Colored Links | Dr. Chris Davis 
  • Moduli Space of Lie and Associative Algebras | Dr. Michael Penkava    
  • Pattern Avoidance in Trees | Dr. Manda Riehl
  • S-equivalence of C-complexes | Dr. Davis
  • Sonia Kovalevsky High School Mathematics Day Assessment and Workshop Design | Dr. Dandrielle Lewis
  • Statistical Analysis of Correlated Traits in Family Data | Dr. Abra Brisbin
  • Tait Graphs of n-Component Rational Tangle | Dr. Carolyn Otto
  • Triangulations and Tops | Dr. Ursula Whitcher
  • Understanding the Modeling Longevity Risk | Dr. Marie-Claire Koissi 

The professors in the math department push you to succeed in whatever you are interested in. They encourage you to work one-on-one in independent studies and research projects. These are opportunities that are not available at larger universities.

Kayla VandenLangenberg | Mathematics Teaching Major
Math origami

We're all about research

UW-Eau Claire has an entire office dedicated to research! The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) facilitates research opportunities between students and faculty — they can help you get that great research idea off the ground. Showcasing all that impactful research is important too. The Celebration of Excellence in Research and Creative Activity (CERCA) is an annual multi-day event that celebrates all the wonderful research students and faculty do both on and off campus. Explore our research opportunities and find something for you!

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