Simpson feels so strongly about the importance of doing research at the undergraduate level, it has developed several programs that provide opportunities for students to benefit from that experience.
The Dr. Albert H. & Greta A. Bryan Summer Research Program in Mathematics
This research program is an opportunity to spend eight weeks of the summer engaging in mathematics at Simpson College. What makes this program unique is that students can apply and participate after finishing their first or second year. You don't have to be an upper-level student to be a part of this research.
Each summer, six students are selected to work on undergraduate research projects with Simpson College faculty members. Each student receives a stipend and paid, on-campus housing during the program. In addition, the students receive funding to present their results at a national mathematics conference.
The generous gift from the Bryans to establish the summer research project shows how our alumni and friends care enough about Simpson to create not only a legacy, but new opportunities for our students. They care about you.
Making a Difference
In 2015, a summer project began that included the study of Palmer amaranth, a noxious weed that has done great damage in the southeastern United States and is moving into the Midwest. Simpson students, together with faculty members, have continued this work and it has now become a year-round project, creating models to detect the weed's path and to inform farmers what steps they can take to curtail the spread.
The research is gaining momentum. Simpson has received outside funding for expanding the scope and student participants have had the opportunity to present their research findings at conferences around the region.