I have organized two separate semester-long research projects with Earlham students on the following topics: (1) "Mathematical projects in service of social justice and public policy" (Spring 2011); and (2) "Spots, stripes, spirals, and more: Exploration of pattern formation in nature" (Spring 2010). Each project involved four students. Their majors ranged from Mathematics to Economics to Chemistry. For the project on social justice, students investigated the gender gap between the physical sciences and the life sciences at Earlham. They also worked on mathematically modeling the spread of grassroots political movements, using differential equations concepts. Students presented their work in the form of research posters and papers at the Butler University Undergraduate Research Conference in April 2011.
In the Spring 2010 pattern formation research study, students investigated differential equations models for simulating common patterns seen in animal coats. They also explored patterns in music, and used differential equations to create simple musical pieces. The results from their work was presented at the Butler University Undergraduate Research Conference in April 2010.