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The Willamette Valley REU in Mathematics

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Discrete Mathematics and Combinatorics


During summer 2014, Linfield hosted a team of undergraduate research students and an in-service middle school teacher as part of the NSF-sponsored Willamette Valley Mathematics Consortium REU-RET program. In addition, two Linfield students participated through funding from the Linfield Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Grant Program. The team consisted of two faculty members, Chuck Dunn and Jennifer Nordstrom; six undergraduate students: Michel Alexis (Northwestern University), Hang Do (Linfield College), Brent Moran (University of Colorado-Denver), Tim Singer (Linfield College), Eric Samelson (Willamette University), and Davis Shurbert (University of Puget Sound); and one middle school teacher, Julie Vega (Burgundy Day School, VA). The team worked on new mathematical questions in the area of Competitive Graph Coloring. As part of the Consortium, the team participated in four mini-conferences held at each of the participating institutions: Willamette University (two conferences), Lewis and Clark College, and Linfield College. In addition, each of the participants attended and presented their work at MathFest, the annual national summer meeting of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), held in Portland, Oregon from August 6–9.


This research was conducted as part of a Linfield College Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Grant in 2014, funded by the Office of Academic Affairs.

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