Knox College

Department of Mathematics

Math Research @Knox

One of the greatest things a program can do for its students is to impart the excitement on pushing back the envelope of knowledge and learning more about the world around us. This is why the department encourages research in all of its students. This research can take the form of extending mathematics and statistics or of using mathematics and statistics to better understand relationships in the world around us.

To that end, we require research for our majors and our statistics minors. The following lists some research projects our students have carried out over the past couple of years.

Academic Year 2019–2020

Shifa Dandia. “Dimensional Reduction in Education Research.”
Mathematics Capstone.
Advisor: Andrew Leahy.

Sarah Henderson. “Exploring Criminal Recidivism.”
Statistics Capstone.
Advisor: Ole J. Forsberg.

Jenna Milligan. “Algebraic Methods in Probability and Statistics.”
Mathematics Honors Project.
Advisor: Pedro Teixeira.

Jenna Milligan. “The Vasicek Test for Normality.”
Statistics Capstone.
Advisor: Ole J. Forsberg.

Debora Ortiz Lustgarten. “Poverty and Democracy.”
Statistics Capstone.
Advisor: Ole J. Forsberg.

Connor Weeks. “Predicting College Success through Machine Learning.”
Mathematics Honors Project.
Advisor: Kevin Hastings.

Aron Zheng. “Portfolio Rates of Return and the Laplace Distribution.”
Financial Mathematics Capstone.
Advisor: Kevin Hastings.

Academic Year 2018–2019

Khanh-Linh Duong. “A Statistical Analysis of the 2004 and 2009 Afghan Presidential Election.”
Statistics Project.
Advisor: Ole J. Forsberg.

Kwadwo Kyei. “Investigating Corruption and Development in Africa: To what extent is development inhibited by corruption?”
Statistics Capstone.
Advisor: Ole J. Forsberg.
SME: Carol Scotton (Economics).

Thu Nguyen. “Evidence of Differential Invalidation in Austrian Presidential Elections.”
Statistics Capstone.
Advisor: Ole J. Forsberg.

Thu Nguyen. “Statistical Programming with R.”
Statistics Project.
Advisor: Ole J. Forsberg.

Jonathan Rico. “The Ferris Hotel: A preliminary feasibility study.”
Statistics Capstone.
Advisor: Ole J. Forsberg.

Academic Year 2016–2017

Uduak-Obong I. Ekanem. “An Analysis of the 2015 Nigerian Presidential Election.”
Statistics Capstone.
Advisor: Ole J. Forsberg.

Published as:
Ekanem, Uduak-Obong I., and Ole J. Forsberg. “An Analysis of the 2015 Nigerian Presidential Election.” PURSUE 1, no. 2 (2018): 5-20.