Summer Research Program

Since 2010, Winthrop undergraduates have spent their summers participating in mathematics research projects. Current topics include graph theory, modern algebra, probability theory, mathematics education, and mathematical oncology. Over 100 students have participated in mathematics research over the past ten years, with funding provided by alumni, Winthrop University and a variety of external sources including an NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program and the NIH-supported SC-INBRE program. Students interested in participating in summer research should contact either Dr. K. Abernathy or Dr. Z. Abernathy.


Selected Program Highlights:

  • Seven former participants are enrolled in Doctoral programs.
  • Seven former participants are enrolled in education graduate programs, or are sharing their mathematical experience as K-12 teachers throughout the country.
  • Eight articles by participants have been published in peer reviewed journals.
  • Seven articles are currently in various stages of preparation which we anticipate being published in peer reviewed science and mathematics journals.
  • Participants have made over 25 regional and national conference presentations including multiple award winners.
  • Students have been supported by five external grants.

Support Needed:

Winthrop faculty have secured financial support for undergraduate research through a variety of external sources. However, funding is often targeted to particular goals, and may not be appropriate for all individual students. Please consider making a gift to help provide support for undergraduate research at Winthrop. These supplemental funds are necessary to ensure that all Winthrop students with a demonstrated commitment to mathematics have access to mentored undergraduate research experiences. Funding helps ensure that undergraduates receive

  • award winning and nationally recognized faculty mentorship,
  • a modest research stipend,
  • on-campus housing, and 
  • opportunities to present work both on and off campus.