Department of Mathematics

Since Spring 2013, our department has offered a Thesis option to our Masters students. A thesis, unlike a project, consists on original research done by the student. Below are the theses our students have produced.

# Recent Theses

**Student:** Summer Al-Hamdani**Advisor:** Khang Tran**Graduation Date:** May 2021**Thesis Title:** Zero Distribution of Binomial Combinations of Chebyshev Polynomials of the Second
Kind.**Abstract:** We consider the sequence {P_m(z)}_{m=0}^\infty, which is a binomial combination
of the well-known Chebyshev polynomials of the second kind; they have all real zeros
on the interval (-1,1). We prove that there exists a constant C (independent of m)
such that the number of zeros of P_m(z) outside of the interval (-1,1) is at most
C for all m in N.

**Student:** Jagdeeep Basi**Advisor:** Carmen Caprau**Graduation Date:** May 2021**Thesis Title:** Quandle Coloring Quivers of Torus Knots.**Abstract:** Quandles provide an algebraic perspective to the general goal of knot theory of classifying
and distinguishing mathematical knots. We study patterns of dihedral quandles under
the lens of quandle colorings and quandle coloring quivers. This work classifies
the full quandle coloring quivers of (p,2)-torus knots as a base case for the full
quandle coloring quivers of general (p,q)-torus knots.

**Student:** Samuel Cleofas**Advisor:** Oscar Vega**Graduation Date:** May 2021**Thesis Title:** Hyperplanes Arrangements over Finite Fields.**Abstract:** This work studies blocking sets of the complement of a hyperplane arrangement in
a vector space over a finite field in a way that it generalizes the work of Settepanella
on hyperplane arrangements in a finite space.

**Student:** Maria Diaz**Advisor:** Oscar Vega**Graduation Date:** May 2021**Thesis Title:** The Characteristic Polynomial of a Spread in F_q^4.**Abstract:** We introduce the concept of the characteristic polynomial of a spread in F_q^4 and
then see what the degree of these polynomials are for a variety of spreads of F_q^4,
mostly for small values of q. We focus specially on regular and Andre spreads.

**Student:** Erick Gonzalez**Advisor:** Oscar Vega**Graduation Date:** May 2021**Thesis Title:** The Topological Symmetry Group of Graphs in F_Delta(K_7).**Abstract:** We study the embeddings of C_{13} and H_8, and determine which automorphism groups
of these graphs can be induced by groups of homeomorphisms of R^3.

**Student:** Bradley Scott**Advisor:** Carmen Caprau**Graduation Date:** May 2021**Thesis Title:** Minimal Generating Sets of Oriented Reidemeister-Type Moves for Knot and Spatial
Trivalent Graph Diagrams.**Abstract:** It has recently been shown by Polyak that all oriented versions of Reidemeister moves
for knot diagrams can be generated by a set of just 4 oriented Reidemeister moves,
and no fewer than 4 moves generate them all. We expand upon Polyak's work by proving
the existence of an additional 11 minimal generating sets of oriented Reidemeister
moves for oriented knot diagrams, and we prove that these 12 sets represent all possible
minimal generating sets. Then we consider the Reidemeister-type moves that relate
oriented spatial trivalent graph diagrams and prove the minimality of a generating
set of 10 such moves.

## Past Theses

**Student:** Erica Sawyer**Advisor:** Mario Banuelos**Graduation Date:** December 2020**Thesis Title:** Deep Learning Methods for Detecting Structural Variants in Related Individuals**Abstract:** We implement neural networks to predict Structural Variants (SVs). We discuss a
model, which incorporates the observed genomic information of two parents and an offspring
to predict locations of SVs in the genome of the child. We discuss a generalization
of this model and we investigate the performance of these models under different neural
network architectures.

**Student: **Elizabeth Compton**Advisor: **Oscar Vega

**December 2019**

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**Thesis Title:**The Power Graph of Split Metacyclic Groups

**Abstract:**Split metacyclic groups generalize the family of dihedral groups in a natural way. The power graph of a group is a refinement of the group lattice that focuses only on cyclic subgroups. This thesis characterizes the power graph of split metacyclic groups using exclusively group-theoretical tools.

**Student: **John Jimenez**Advisor: **Marat Markin**Graduation Date: **December 2019**Thesis Title:** On the Chaoticity of Rolewicz-Type Operators on Function Spaces**Abstract:** The chaoticity of Rolewicz-type linear operators on certain function spaces is proved
and their spectral structure is revealed.

**Student: **Edward Siche**lAdvisor: **Marat Markin

**December 2019**

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**Thesis Title:**On Expansive Mappings and Non-Hypercyclicity

**Abstract:**We take a close look at the nature of expansive mappings on certain metric spaces (compact, totally bounded, and bounded), provide a finer classification for such mappings, and use them to characterize boundedness. We also furnish a simple straightforward proof of the non-hypercyclicity of an arbitrary (bounded or not) normal operator in a complex Hilbert space as well as of a certain collection of its exponentials.

** Student: **Nathan Thom

**Oscar Vega**

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**Graduation Date:****Thesis Title:**The Veldkamp Space of W(p)

**Abstract:**Characterization of the Veldkamp space of the symplectic generalized quadrangle over a field of prime order. The points of this space are the geometric hyperplanes of W(p), and three points are collinear if all the pairwise intersections coincide.

**Student:** Anthony Vogt**Advisor:** Morgan Rodgers**Graduation Date:** May 2019**Thesis Title:** Using 2-ovoids to generate independent sets in W(q)**Abstract:** Investigation, using tools from geometry, algebra, graph theory and computer software,
of how 2-ovoids could be used to construct independent sets in graphs obtained from
the generalized quadrangle W(q).

**Student:** Richard Adams**Advisor:** Khang Tran**Graduation Date:** December 2018**Thesis Title:** On hyperbolic polynomials and four-term recurrence with linear coefficients**Abstract:** Study necessary and sufficient conditions for the hyperbolicity of polynomials satisfying
a four-term recurrence whose first and third power coefficients are linear.

**Student: **Sarah McGahan** Advisor:** Carmen Caprau

**May 2017**

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**A Categorical Model for the Virtual Singular Braid Monoid**

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**Abstract:** Different approaches are used to study the algebraic structure of the virtual singular
braid monoid.

**Student: **Nicholas Newsome** Advisor:** Maria Nogin and Adnan H. Sabuwala

**May 2017**

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**An Investigation of Power Sums of Integers**

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**Student: **Jeffrey Park** Advisor:** Tamas Forgacs

**May 2016**

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**Bell Multiplier Sequences**

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**Abstract:** An investigation of sequences of real numbers, which - when viewed as linear operators
on polynomials - preserve hyperbolicity of polynomials in the Bell basis.

**Student: **Kelsey Friesen** Advisor:** Carmen Caprau

**May 2016**

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**Polynomial Invariants for Virtual Singular Knots**

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**Abstract:** Well-known polynomial invariants for classical knots are extended to virtual singular
knots and the properties of the resulting polynomials are studied.

**Student: **Elaina Aceves** Advisor:** Carmen Caprau

**May 2016**

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**A Study of Projections of 2-Bouquet Graphs**

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**Abstract:** The concepts of trivializing and knotting numbers are extended from classical knots
to spatial graphs and 2-bouquet graphs, in particular. The trivializing and knotting
numbers for projections and pseudodiagrams of 2-bouquet spatial graphs are calculated
based on the number of precrossings and the placement of the precrossings in the pseudodiagram
of the spatial graph.

**Student: **Bing Xu** Advisor:** Maria Nogin

**May 2016**

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**Investigation of the Topological Interpretation of Modal Logics**

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**Student: **Jennifer Elder** Advisor:** Oscar Vega

**May 2016**

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**Generalizing the Futurama theorem**

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**Abstract:**Every permutation

*x*can be written as a product of cycles that have not been used in the construction of

*x*, as long as two new elements are incorporated in the transpositions. This results generalizes Keeler's Theorem A.K.A. The Futurama Theorem.

**Student: **Hillary Bese** Advisor:** Oscar Vega

**May 2015**

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**The Well-covered Dimension of the Adjacency Graph of Generalized Quadrangles**

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**Abstract:**The well-covered space of the adjacency graph of the classical generalized quadrangle

*W_q*is trivial, for every prime power

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**Student: **David Heywood** Advisor:** Tamas Forgacs

**May 2015**

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**Multiplier Sequences of the Second Kind**

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**Abstract:**An investigation of sequences of real numbers, which - when viewed as standard diagonal linear operators on polynomials - preserve the real rootedness of polynomials with only real zeroes of the same sign.

**Student: **Megan Kuneli** Advisor:** Oscar Vega

**May 2014**

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**Spreads and Parallelisms**

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**Study of partitions of the lines in a projective plane into lines that partition the points in such plane.**

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**Student: **Katherine Urabe** Advisor:** Carmen Caprau

**May 2014**

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**The Dubrovnik Polynomial of Rational Knots**

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**Finding a closed form expression for the Dubrovnik polynomial of a rational knot or link diagram in terms of the entries of its associated vector. The resulting closed form allows a Mathematica program which efficiently computes the Dubrovnik polynomial of rational knots and links.**

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**Student: **Karen Willis** Advisor:** Oscar Vega

**May 2014**

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**Blocking Polygons in Finite Projective Planes**

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**Study of configurations of points in a finite projective plane that do not allow the existence of polygons that are disjoint from such set.**

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