MSRIUP 2008: Experimental Mathematics
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Victor Hugo Moll Becker was born in Santiago, Chile. His interest in mathematics were observed by his elementary school teachers that encourage him to pursue a career in engineering. After realizing that he was not able to put wires together, he became a mathematics major at Universidad Santa Maria in Valparaiso. He arrived in the U.S. in 1980 to study mathematics at the Courant Institute, New York University. His advisor was Henry P. McKean. At the Courant Institute he met his (future) wife Lisa J. Fauci and, after a brief postdoctoral work at Temple University, they joined the Department of Mathematics at Tulane University in 1986. They have two sons: Alexander and Stefan.
Victor Moll's mathematical interests are in the area of Experimental Mathematics. He is mainly interested in issues connected to Special Functions in its many facets. During the summers of 2000 and 2002 he was in charge of an undergraduate research group that was part of SIMU. He enjoys collaborating and exchanging mathematical ideas with colleagues, graduate and undergraduate students. 
Ivelisse Rubio, Professor, University of Puerto Rico – Rio Piedras


Ivelisse M. Rubio was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She received her B.S. and M.S. in Mathematics from the University of Puerto RicoRío Piedras and her Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Cornell University. In 1998 she cofounded the NSFREU Summer Institute in Mathematics for Undergraduates (SIMU) at the UPRHumacao. Ive is currently a Professor in the Computer Science Department at the UPRRio Piedras. Her research interests are finite fields and applications to errorcorrecting codes. 
Erin Beyerstedt, Graduate Student, Tulane University
2008 MSRIUP Research Assistant
Erin Beyerstedt did her undergraduate work at Carthage College in Wisconsin, majoring in mathematics and biology. After graduating, she continued her studies at Western Washington University and earned her master's degree in mathematics. While there, she worked as a teaching assistant for several courses and taught two classes independently. She is currently in her third year of graduate school at Tulane University. Her future plans include completing her doctorate degree and pursuing a teaching position at the university level.
Luis A. Medina, Postdoctoral Fellow, Rutgers University
2008 MSRIUP Research Associate
Luis A. Medina was born in Humacao, Puerto Rico and raised in the town of Yabucoa. In 2003, he received his B.A. in Computational Mathematics from the University of Puerto Rico, Humacao. Luis decided to continue studying Mathematics and in 2003 he joined the Math Ph.D. program at Tulane University. He received his Ph.D. in Mathematics in May 2008. Currently, Luis has a three year postdoctoral position at Rutgers University. His research interests are Experimental Math, Number Theory, and Special Functions.
Candice Price, Graduate Student, University of Iowa
2008 MSRIUP Research Assistant
Candice Price was born in Long Beach, CA but moved to Sacramento, CA at the age of 7. She finished her undergraduate education at California State University Chico where she was an active participate in LSAMP. In 2004, Candice receive the LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship and continued her education at San Francisco State University, where she received an M.A in mathematics under the guidance of Prof. Mariel Vazquez. She continued on to a PhD program in pure mathematics at the University of Iowa. Candice is a student of Prof. Isabel Darcy studying Topology with an emphasis in Knot Theory. She is hoping to finish her degree in 2010 and continue on to a postdoctoral position before, hopefully, receiving a faculty position as a mathematics professor.
MSRIUP 2008 Students
Laine Noble, Tulane University