Undergraduate Research Projects

2007 Arizona Summer Program on Mathematical Modeling


Unifying Principles of Vector-Borne Disease Spread

Join our team working on the spread of mosquito-borne diseases. This undergraduate research assistantship, provided through support from the UA’s Improving Health/BIO5 Institute Graduate/Undergraduate Interdisciplinary “Link” Program, will allow you to work closely with an interdisciplinary, vertically-integrated team of professors and students (graduate and undergraduate) from Geography, Mathematics and Public Health on a current hot topic in the news: developing unifying principles for vector-borne disease spread. As a member of this team, you will work with a PhD student in Geography and three professors (in Mathematics, Geography, and Public Health) on collecting, maintaining, cleaning and analyzing data on mosquito presence, network information, and models of disease spread.
  • Preferred experience: math major core courses and some programming experience.
  • Please submit a letter of interest, transcript (unofficial is fine), and your CV to Dr. Joceline Lega (lega@math.arizona.edu) by September 1st, 2016. The up-to 20 hr/week position (at $10 per hour or more depending on experience) begins this fall and can go through spring 2017.


Relatively recent research projects

  • Coupled Reaction-Diffusion Equations with Nonlinear Diffusion
  • Exploration of Phase and Defect-mediated Turbulence in the Complex Ginzburg-Landau Equation
  • Simulation of a Low-Reynolds Number Swimmer
  • Nonlinear Time Series Analysis


Older research projects

  • Dynamical Systems, chaos and control
  • Synchronization of chaos, delay, and application to the Ikeda map
  • Dynamics of bacterial colonies