Journal of Undergraduate Research


geometric optimization, design


Physical and Mathematical Sciences




1. Evaluation of how well the academic objectives of the proposal were met

The goals for the mentoring environment were reached:

  • Academic Development – Each student had the opportunity to work on a cutting edge research problem, as indicated below. Papers are in various stages of completion, a few submitted or accepted for publication, but all have drafted papers.
  • Community Development – Several students were able to attend the MAA Math Fest in both 2014 and 2015. Most students gave presentations at the CPMS Student Research Conference. My students have been able to interact with engineering student working on similar projects. We have also had several consultation session with Robert Lang, a renowned origami mathematician.
  • Spiritual Development– A key component of this mentoring environment was the teaching/learning/practicing of leadership skills. I took the opportunity at least once a week to teach a personal or professional leadership skill which the students could incorporate in their lives. We studied Steven Covey’s “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” and Liz Wiseman’s “Multipliers” along with other concepts supporting the Mission and Aims of Brigham Young University. Our trips to the national MAA Math Fest conference gave the students opportunities to be ambassadors of BYU and the gospel of Jesus Christ. The students did an exceptional job not only in mathematics, but in their example in the way were reaching out to others and conducting their lives.

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