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Wake Forest professor earns grant for research with undergraduates

May 4, 2007

Kenneth Berenhaut, associate professor of mathematics at Wake Forest University, has been awarded a $20,000 academic mini-grant from the Center for Undergraduate Research in Mathematics (CURM) at Brigham Young University. 

The highly competitive grants are awarded each year to professors to help them operate successful research groups at their own institutions that promote undergraduate research in mathematics throughout the United States.  The grants provide students the unique opportunity to combine research with their course studies during the academic year.  Many student research grants allow for research only during the summer. 

Berenhaut will use the grant to research discrete dynamical systems with four undergraduate students.  Discrete dynamical systems occur in mathematical models that can be useful in investigating equations describing stock market trends, population growth, medication dosages, and loans and annuities. 

During the 2007-2008 academic year, Berenhaut will recruit students for the project, and the research will begin the following year. 

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