A Primer for Undergraduate Research

From Groups and Tiles to Frames and Vaccines

  • Aaron Wootton
  • Valerie Peterson
  • Christopher Lee

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Timothy A. Schroeder
    Pages 1-33
  3. Michael P. Hitchman
    Pages 61-84
  4. Thomas W. Mattman
    Pages 85-97
  5. C. Dunn, V. Larsen, J. F. Nordstrom
    Pages 99-126
  6. Erin McNicholas, Nancy Ann Neudauer, Colin Starr
    Pages 127-144
  7. Somantika Datta, Jesse Oldroyd
    Pages 145-170
  8. Pamela E. Harris
    Pages 193-222
  9. Winfried Just, Hannah Callender Highlander
    Pages 223-264
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 305-313

About this book


This highly readable book aims to ease the many challenges of starting undergraduate research. It accomplishes this by presenting a diverse series of self-contained, accessible articles which include specific open problems and prepare the reader to tackle them with ample background material and references. Each article also contains a carefully selected bibliography for further reading.

The content spans the breadth of mathematics, including many topics that are not normally addressed by the undergraduate curriculum (such as matroid theory, mathematical biology, and operations research), yet have few enough prerequisites that the interested student can start exploring them under the guidance of a faculty member. Whether trying to start an undergraduate thesis, embarking on a summer REU, or preparing for graduate school, this book is appropriate for a variety of students and the faculty who guide them. 


Undergraduate Research Expository Articles Open Problems General Interest Recreational Mathematics

Editors and affiliations

  • Aaron Wootton
    • 1
  • Valerie Peterson
    • 2
  • Christopher Lee
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of MathematicsUniversity of PortlandPortlandUSA
  2. 2.Department of MathematicsUniversity of PortlandPortlandUSA
  3. 3.Department of MathematicsUniversity of PortlandPortlandUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Birkhäuser, Cham
  • eBook Packages Mathematics and Statistics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-66064-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-66065-3
  • Series Print ISSN 2520-1212
  • Series Online ISSN 2520-1220
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