Research Activities

Byrne Scholars can be involved with research in a variety of ways

  • Study among a faculty of professors who are committed to using applied mathematics to build solutions to complex problems
  • Perform high-level research addressing major global challenges
  • Collaborate with researchers at the Department of Computer Science and the Tuck School of Business on cross-disciplinary projects
  • Attend prominent conferences and present research findings
  • Network with a group of like-minded scholars and provide mentorship both in and out of the classroom
  • Participate in research exchanges abroad

Recent scholar experiences

presented work at the Joint Mathematics Meetings and Combinatorial and Additive Number Theory conferences

“Getting to see a real-life application of my learning was extraordinarily satisfying”
— Maggie

traveled to London with music Professor Michael Casey for research on computational creativity

“To me, the conference wasn't just about the technical nitty-gritty of cutting edge research, but also the greater role mathematics plays in society”
— Herbert

analyzed plasma instabilities in Professor Barrett Rogers’ space physics research lab and continued at the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab

“I felt very lucky to not just attend, but also contribute, at arguably the coolest conferences in mathematics”
— Herbert

completed a research internship in evolutionary genetics at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Leipzig, Germany

“I am grateful for the opportunity to learn how many mathematicians all over the country are redefining and expanding the field of mathematics”
— Anirudh

Herbert Chang ’18 shares how the Byrne Scholars program has enriched his research:

The Byrne Scholars Program has provided me great curricular support and indispensable funding for my ongoing research projects, which include:

  • Acoustic Synthesis (3 conference papers, NSF I-Corps sponsored, patent filed with Music Prof. Spencer Topel)
  • Co-diffusion of Innovations with Evolutionary Game Theory (Senior Thesis advised by Prof. Feng Fu)
  • Amnesiac Lookback Option (Math Finance Paper-in-progress advised by Prof. Seema Nanda)
  • A sci-fi/fantasy novel that embeds mathematical concepts, examining aesthetic intersections of math, music, and literature (Senior Fellowship advised by Prof. Alexander Chee)

Past projects also include “Brainwave” music, neural network music composition, and literary text analysis. The math major brings the flexibility to work across fields, as even within the arts, mathematics is not just an analogy but can be a precise, structural description. The welcoming Byrne Community has been integral to my Dartmouth life, and beyond graduation I hope to use mathematics as an ontological foundation to engage with creativity and issues in society.
— Ho-Chun Herbert Chang ’18