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Shepherd math department establishing research guild

September 27, 2010

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Shepherd University's Department of Mathematics has established a Research Guild and is looking for students who are interested in participating in applied research.

Laboratory space in Stutzman-Slonaker, which was formerly a biology lab, will be used as classroom space and lab for students to do applied research, according to Christopher Elmer, assistant professor of mathematics and engineering.

"Robbie Auld, a founding student member of the guild, has been instrumental in providing the students' perspective on many of our ideas," Elmer said.

"The goal is for students to help each other in order to make the guild successful," Auld said.

Elmer said this is the first official guild of its kind in the mathematics department.

According to Elmer, funds will be raised for electronics and supplies to help students with their research and expenses to travel to events to present their research.

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Money will be obtained through deans, the Shepherd University Foundation and grants.

Elmer and Auld want to get more students interested in the group.

"The more people interested, the more synergy in the group," Elmer said. "It can become whatever the students want it to be."

According to Elmer, guild members should be self-motivated and willing to serve the rest of the group.

Students interested in doing research are eligible to get one, two or three credit hours of a math 430-level independent study credit, which will allow students to move forward on new projects and accomplish others they might be working to finish.

For more information, contact Elmer at celmer@shepherd.edu">celmer@shepherd.edu.

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