Student Research Published in Mathematics Journal

The article “Whitehead graphs and separability in rank two” — authored by John Conant ’12, Nivetha Ramasubramanian ’13, and former assistant professor of mathematics Matt Clay — was accepted for publication by the mathematics journal Involve in December 2012.  As described by the publisher, Involve “bridg[es] the gap between the extremes of purely undergraduate-research journals and mainstream research journals, provid[ing] a venue to mathematicians wishing to encourage the creative involvement of students.”

During summer 2011, Professor Clay and Ramasubramanian worked with the computer language C++ and a graphical user interface to incorporate well-known algorithms in a user-friendly way. Programming algorithms, such as Stalling’s algorithm, detected separability between elements of free groups.

In February 2012, Nivetha presented this research at the Regional Phi Mu Epsilon Mathematics Conference at Youngstown State University in Ohio.