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January 2013: Outstanding undergrad research on SIURO

SIAM Undergraduate Research Online, SIAM’s web-based publication often referred to as SIURO, publishes outstanding undergraduate research in applied and computational mathematics. Two types of articles can be found in SIURO: papers to which undergraduates have made a significant contribution, and expository (survey) papers of high quality written by a faculty member or researcher for an undergrad audience.

One paper was published last month in SIURO.

Optimal Control in Discrete Pest Control Models by Kathryn Dabbs (University of Tennessee), addresses the problem of invasive species and their potential environmental threats and economic impacts. The study uses discrete time models to represent the dynamics of two interacting populations – “valuable” and “pest” populations – to investigate optimal control in the form of decreasing the growth rate of the “pest” population with the goal of maximizing the “valuable” population while also minimizing the cost of the control.

Additional papers will be posted online as they are accepted.

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