I am a senior at McKendree University in the Department of Mathematics. In the fall semester of 2008, I was enrolled in the senior seminar course in Mathematics whose one major requirement is the completion of an independent research project. I chose to work with Dr. Heather Dye, a knot theorist, and designed data structure to represent oriented knots on a computer, and then developed algorithm to reduce a virtual knot and compute the arrow polynomial. I found the topic highly engaging. I continually worked with Dr. Dye, even after the course was completed, to compute the arrow polynomial of different types of knots. In the future, I plan to pursue a doctoral degree in the field of combinatorics and make a career in research.
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Faculty Sponsor: Heather Dye, Department of Mathematics, McKendree University

hadye@mckendree.edu