Unviersity of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), Department of Mathematics

In summer 2012 Melinda participated in the Research Experiences for Graduate Students (REGS) program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) where she investigated completely integrable systems and cluster algebras. She plans on participating in another REGS project in summer 2013. Melinda is in her first year at UIUC, where she is taking courses in algebra, complex analysis, and analytic number theory. She is a Teaching Assistant for Calculus II; duties include leading a biweekly recitation section as well as grading worksheets, quizzes, and exams. Still completely undecided on what area of math she wants to pursue, Melinda attends a weekly first year seminar dedicated to introducing students to a variety of research areas. However, analytic number theory has sparked her interest and she has also been attending a weekly seminar in related topics. In October she is attending the Midwest Number Theory Conference for Graduate Students and Recent PhDs.