Katie Oliveras, Ph. D.
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF MATHEMATICS
Interested in Undergraduate Research with me?
Undergraduate research can be an exciting and rewarding experience. If you are a Seattle University undergraduate student interested in applied mathematics, differential equations, or nonlinear waves and would like to participate in undergraduate research with me, I encourage you to read on!
Undergraduate research students are expected to be able to work and learn independently. Student researchers are also asked to commit a minimum of 6 hours per week on their research project and meet weekly to collaborate, discuss progress, and ask for guidance. In addition, students are asked to set aside (if their course schedule will allow) Tuesday afternoons from 3:30pm - 7:00pm to participate in advanced reading groups, and research talks given by other students and researchers in the field of nonlinear waves.
I look for students who are doing very well in their coursework. If your math GPA is below a 3.5, you might be better off focusing on your course-work for now. An absolute pre-requisite for working with me is successful completion of Math 2340 (Differential Equations). Courses on numerical methods, dynamical systems, real analysis, Fourier analysis, and complex variables are highly encouraged (and can be take while conducting research).
If you meet the above qualifications and would like to participate in an undergraduate research project with me, please send me an email with the following information:
- A short description of your interests to help match you with a project.
- An unofficial copy of your transcript.
- (optional) An informal description of any previous research, experience, or expertise with technology that you believe might be relevant.
Research projects generally take more than two quarter to complete, so students should expect for this to be an ongoing commitment. For this reason, freshman and/or sophomores that meet the qualifications are especially encouraged to apply. Selected students should hear back from me within 1-2 weeks to schedule a meeting to discuss possible projects.