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Mathematically Advancing Young Undergraduates Program (MAY-UP) [2023 Pilot Program] May 15, 2023 - May 27, 2023
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Location: Georgia State University
Organizers Duane Cooper (Morehouse College), Shelby Wilson (Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab)

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SLMath MAY-UP = Mathematically Advancing Young Undergraduates Program (Pilot)
May 2023 

MAY-UP aims to maximize access and opportunity for first-year students to recognize that their interest in math could lead to myriad future possibilities, including a wide variety of careers. Students who gain experience in mathematics early in their college years, particularly in a rigorous and culturally supportive setting, are likely to develop greater comfort and ease within the field.

The goal of MAY-UP 2023 is to provide students with a glimpse into Linear Algebra; and the ways in which this topic may arise both theoretically and computationally in their future studies. Material will include an introduction to matrices as well as basic matrix operations. We will also provide students with introductory programming skills in Python, including development environment setup and matrix manipulations via code. We will then explore several topics both theoretically and computationally. Options for the subsequent modules include:

  • Image compression via singular value decomposition
  • Identifying objects within an image, and the impacts of noise on matrix/image structure
  • Artificial intelligence generated images/art
  • Linear programming / linear optimization

Students will be expected to submit a final project that aligns with their interests and leverages knowledge gained during one of the modules. This experience is designed to facilitate students’ ability to apply skills in technology (such as Python) to develop a broad view of the mathematical sciences beyond the scope of typical undergraduate mathematics coursework.

During the intensive two-week session, each of the 12 students will:

  • actively participate in the mathematics discovery/research program described above under the direction of the research leader and four graduate students
  • complete a research/computational project in collaboration with other MAY-UP students
  • give a presentation on their research project
  • attend two colloquium talks given by leading researchers in their fields (talks will include discussion of the speaker’s career path)
  • learn to prepare fellowship applications
  • receive a stipend, lodging, meals and round-trip travel to Atlanta, GA.

After the program, each student will:

  • be invited to continue to participate in the sophomore year activities (provided they are enrolled in math courses) which include lectures and planned site visits to industry
  • be welcomed into a community that includes MSRI-UP alumni
  • join a network of mentors that will provide continuous advice in the long term as the students make progress in their studies, similar to MSRI-UP
  • be encouraged to pursue future professional opportunities.

Pilot Program Participation: The 2023 pilot program is aimed at first-year students from the Atlanta University Center which includes Morehouse College, Spelman College, and Clark Atlanta University. Applications for 2023's pilot program are not open to the general public. Future years are anticipated to open to additional universities in the region. 

Primary Mathematics Subject Classification No Primary AMS MSC
Secondary Mathematics Subject Classification No Secondary AMS MSC
Schedule, Notes/Handouts & Videos
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May 27, 2023
07:30 AM - 07:35 AM
  Greetings and Welcome
Duane Cooper (Morehouse College), Shelby Wilson (Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab)
07:35 AM - 08:00 AM
  Obesity: The Silent Killer of the 21st Century
Peyton Brokemond (Spelman College), Anaiah Jones (Clark Atlanta University)
08:00 AM - 08:25 AM
  Mathematicians: Not All Heroes Wear Capes
Abdul Kamara (Clark Atlanta University), Benjamin Moore (Morehouse College)
08:25 AM - 08:50 AM
  3D Projection in Everyday Life
Makayla Moore (Spelman College), Laura Prince (Clark Atlanta University)
08:50 AM - 09:15 AM
  The Growth of Diabetes: Least Squares of Lines of Best Fit
Niya McWhirter-Hall (Spelman College), Tai Thomas (Spelman College)
09:15 AM - 09:40 AM
  Unleashing Potential: Analyzing High School Graduation Rates and Shaping a Brighter Future
Devyn Hardwick (Morehouse College), Myles Tucker (Morehouse College)
09:40 AM - 10:00 AM
  Machine Learning: An Introduction
Ethan McGauthiar (Clark Atlanta University), Yamir Richmond (Morehouse College)