Category: "Research"

Three HMC Math Faculty Receive NSF Grants

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Awards from the National Science Foundation were granted to three members of the faculty in the Department of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College. The grants will allow them to further research ranging from studying networks using mathematical models to determining best practices for in-class group work monitoring in K-12 education. Heather Zinn-Brooks’ project, “Advances in […]

Biologists Explore How Human Networks Can Be Made Ant-like

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Ant behavior has been a source of inspiration since at least the time of Aesop, and 2,500 years later, it appears these insects still have a certain kind of wisdom to impart—perhaps to engineers building subways. “Each individual ant doesn’t know much about the world beyond her own antennae,” says Harvey Mudd College biology professor […]

Danae Schulz Receives NSF Early Career Grant

Danae Schulz

Danae Schulz, an assistant professor of biology at Harvey Mudd College, has been awarded a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) grant from the National Science Foundation for her research “Characterizing molecular mechanisms that drive life cycle transitions in the African trypanosome.” The nearly $630,000 award covering a five-year period enables Schulz to pursue research questions […]

Four Harvey Mudd Students Receive 2021 Goldwater Scholarships

The most prestigious national award for undergraduate STEM researchers, the Barry Goldwater Scholarship, has been awarded to four Harvey Mudd College students: Tonatiuh Gonzalez ’22, Jacob Kelber ’23, Hanna Porter ’22 and Anna Soper ’22. The 409 Goldwater Scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,256 natural science, engineering […]

Harvey Mudd CS Students Publish and Present Work

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The Harvey Mudd College Department of Computer Science celebrates students’ paper acceptances and presentations at peer-reviewed archival conferences this spring. Each Harvey Mudd CS faculty member has an active research program that involves undergraduates. A substantial portion of this research is funded by the National Science Foundation. The department has several active NSF grants, and […]

Organic Syntheses Inc. Grant Funds Summer Chemistry Research

Associate Professor of Chemistry David Vosburg

Harvey Mudd College chemistry professor David Vosburg has been selected to receive a grant from Organic Syntheses Inc. The $8,000 award, for summer research at a principally undergraduate institution, provides salary for a summer research student as well as materials and supplies. “We aim to perform organic syntheses that are beautiful and good, green and […]

HMC CS Researchers Publish Chapter on Algorithmic Biases

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Harvey Mudd College computer science professor George Montañez and his students Daniel Bashir ’20 and Julius Lauw ’20 have published the chapter “Trading Bias for Expressivity in Artificial Learning” in ICAART 2020: Agents and Artificial Intelligence, part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (Springer, Cham). The HMC researchers’ chapter about how bias relates to […]

HMC Engineers Win Prize for Paper on Supply Chain Optimization

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Harvey Mudd College engineering students won second place at the 2021 Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) Western Regional Conference for the technical paper they wrote about supply chain optimization. Conducted virtually Feb. 27–28, the conference featured networking and workshops in addition to the Technical Paper Competition that garnered the HMC team $300 along […]

Libeskind-Hadas, Wu, HMC Students Publish Bioinformatics Paper

Ran Libeskind-Hadas and Jessica Wu

Research related to the evolution of genes and species being conducted at Harvey Mudd College by professors of computer science Ran Libeskind-Hadas and Yi-Chieh “Jessica” Wu and their research students is published in Bioinformatics, a leading journal that focuses on new developments in genome bioinformatics and computational biology. Santi Santichaivekin ’22, Rose Liu ’22, Qing […]

Researchers Seek Better Software Testing Techniques

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Software systems in programmable items—from household appliances to cars and planes—must be reliable and high quality to avoid inconvenient or disastrous consequences. In order to improve software quality, computer science researchers at Harvey Mudd College and University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) are seeking to improve software quality assurance techniques and have received funding from […]