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MSRI-UP 2012: Enumerative Combinatorics June 16, 2012 - July 29, 2012
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Location: Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, Berkeley CA
Organizers Matthias Beck (San Francisco State University), Duane Cooper (Morehouse College), LEAD Ricardo Cortez (Tulane University), Herbert Medina (University of Portland), Ivelisse M. Rubio (University of Puerto Rico), Suzanne Weekes (SIAM - Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics)

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The MSRI-UP summer program is designed for undergraduate students who have completed two years of university-level mathematics courses and would like to conduct research in the mathematical sciences. Due to funding restrictions, only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply and the program cannot accept foreign students regardless of funding. The academic portion of the 2012 program will be led by Dr. Matthias Beck.

MSRI-UP 2012: Enumerative Combinatorics

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General description

During the summer, each of the 18 student participants will:

  • participate in the mathematics research program under the direction of Dr. Beck
  • complete a research project done in collaboration with other MSRI-UP students
  • give a presentation and write a technical report on his/her research project
  • attend a series of colloquium talks given by leading researches in their fields
  • attend workshops aimed at developing skills and techniques needed for research careers in the mathematical sciences and
  • learn techniques that will maximize a student's likelihood of admissions to graduate programs as well as the likelihood of winning fellowships
  • receive a $3100 stipend, lodging, meals and round trip travel to Berkeley, CA.

After the summer, each student will:

  • have an opportunity to attend a national mathematics or science conference where students will present their research
  • be part of a network of mentors that will provide continuous advice in the long term as the student makes progress in his/her studies
  • be contacted regarding future research opportunities

The main objective of the MSRI-UP is to identify talented students, especially those from underrepresented groups, who are interested in mathematics and make available to them meaningful research opportunities, the necessary skills and knowledge to participate in successful collaborations, and a community of academic peers and mentors who can advise, encourage and support them through a successful graduate program.

The objective is designed to contribute significantly toward meeting the program goal of increasing the number of graduate degrees in the mathematical sciences, especially doctorates, earned by U.S. citizens and permanent residents by cultivating heretofore untapped mathematical talent within the U.S. Black, Hispanic/Latino and Native American communities.

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Application Materials

Applications are now closed for the 2012 program. Check for materials for the 2013 program late in the Fall of 2012.

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Schedule, Notes/Handouts & Videos
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Jul 29, 2012
09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  Multivariate flow and tension polynomials of graphs
Alyssa Cuyjet, Gordon Rojas Kirby (San Diego State University), Molly Stubblefield
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  Three-term theorems for Dedekind-like sums
Jordan Clark, Stefan Klajbor, Chelsie Norton
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  Mixed graph coloring
Daniel Blado, Joseph Crawford, Taina Jean-Louis
01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
  Shi arrangements, parking functions, and mixed signed graphs
Michael Dairyko, Claudia Rodriguez, Schuyler Veeneman
02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  Chromatic polynomials of signed Petersen graphs
Erika Meza, Bryan Nevarez, Alana Shine
03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
  Relatives of the Birkhoff polytope
Jessica De Silva (California State University), Gabriel Dorfsman-Hopkins (University of Washington), Joseph Pruitt