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Carver Bridge Summer Research ’17

In the first summer of the Carver Bridge Scholar program, Four scholars were able to complete summer research at Simpson College.

Dr. Albert H and Greta A Bryan Summer Research Program

Carver Bridge Scholar Sara Lawson was able to be apart of the Bryan research team this summer, researching mathematical billiards within the field of dynamical systems. The team investigated patterns on non-square tables - specifically the number of shapes made by the intersecting lines of billiard flow. Over the span of two months, Sara and her teammates extended the Three Gap Theorem for interval exchanges and gained a better understanding of mathematical research.

Carver Bridge Summer Research

Sara Lawson Photo


"Already, I'm seeing the benefits of working with proofs, theorems and formal write-ups over the summer in my current coursework."
- Sara Lawson

 

Carver Bridge Scholar Sara Lawson was able to be apart of the Bryan research team this summer, researching mathematical billiards within the field of dynamical systems. The team investigated patterns on non-square tables - specifically the number of shapes made by the intersecting lines of billiard flow. Over the span of two months, Sara and her teammates extended the Three Gap Theorem for interval exchanges and gained a better understanding of mathematical research.

Genieve Block, Ben Christensen, Manoj Rah Photo
 

 

"Simpson offered a great summer research program for Ben, Manoj, and me. We learned a lot more about Iowa, as well as its prairie mice. As a team, we gained vital experience in research procedures."                                           - Genevieve Block

 


The Carver bridge summer research team aimed to model the fine-scale movement patterns of small mammals: Effects of vegetation, population density and demography on path tortuosity in small mammals. Carver Bridge scholars; Ben Christensen, Genevieve Block, and Manoj Rai were able to work with Biology professor Dr. Ryan Rehmeier in the prairie fields located in the Warren county of Iowa. Residing at Simpson, the research team utilized Simpson's labs to complete their research paper and presentation on movement patterns of small mammals. Now that their research has ended, the Carver Bridge Scholars are preparing to present their research at the Fall Symposium of 2017.

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