New York City Alliance for Minority Participation in Science, Engineering and Mathematics (NYC AMP) 

Contact Person: Dr. Maria Psarelli, Director, Room: CP 112, Phone: (718) 289-5375

 

Background

The NYC AMP is a federally funded minority research and training program sponsored by a grant from the National Science Foundation in collaboration with CUNY. Its goal is to encourage the participation of minority students in scientific, engineering and mathematical disciplines (SEM). The AMP at BCC provides instructional and tutorial support for introductory SEM courses. Moreover, it also provides funding for supervised research by undergraduate students. 

Along with other CUNY colleges, BCC enthusiastically participates in the AMP program. Our program has grown during the last years, and we strongly encourage students to participate, taking advantage of this unique opportunity to elevate their academic achievement in science, engineering and mathematics.

The program is structured in research units where faculty members in the above mentioned disciplines supervise undergraduate research projects with the participation of selected students. 

 

List of Current AMP Projects

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Project: “Visualizing Essential Singularities for Complex Ordinary Differential Equations”, Fall 2014-Spring 2015
Mentor:  Dr. Kealey Dias
,  Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science
Student:   Rolando Diaz-Hichez, Major: Computer Science
 

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Project: “Evolutionary Game Theory”, Fall 2014-Spring 2015
Mentor: Dr. Kealey Dias, Dept. of Mathematics & Computer Science
Student: Angel Alvarez, Major: Biology
 

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Project: “Nondegenerate linear forms”, Fall 2014-Spring 2015
Mentor: Dr. Andrew McInerney, Dept. of Mathematics & Computer Science
Student: Johnny Mieses, Major: Engineering Science
 

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Project: “Binary Linear Codes and Decoding by Message-Passing”, Spring 2014-Fall 2014
Mentor: Dr. Sharon Persinger, Dept. of Mathematics & Computer Science
Student: Adelin Rivas; Major: Computer Science
 

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Project: “Navigating in a Dynamically Changing Closed Environment”, Spring 2014- Fall 2014
Mentor: Dr. Natalia Novak, Dept. of Mathematics & Computer Science
Student: Brad Davis; Major: Engineering Science
 

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Project: “Cops and Robbers on Graphs”, Summer 2013
Mentor: Dr. Kerry Ojakian, Dept. of Mathematics & Computer Science
Student: Michael Padilla-Korber; Major: Computer Science

 

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Project: “Knot Colorings and Knot Polynomials”, Fall 2013-Spring 2014
Mentor: Dr. Nikos Apostolakis, Dept. of Mathematics & Computer Science
Student: Mark Cortes; Major: Engineering Science

 

 

Recent AMP Projects

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Project: “The Sum of Four Squares Theorem and the Hurwitz Integers”, 2011-12
Mentor:  Dr. Rony Gouraige
,  Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science
Research Assistant:  Merymer Leonardo, Major: Mathematics
 

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Project: “The Sum of Four Squares Theorem and Minkowski's Geometry of Numbers”, 2011-12
Mentor: Dr. Rony Gouraige, Dept. of Mathematics & Computer Science
Research Assistant: Keysi Peralta, Major: Mathematics
 

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Project: “Kepler's Laws”, 2011-12
Mentor: Dr. Rony Gouraige, Dept. of Mathematics & Computer Science
Research Assistant: Leonardo Minier, Major: Engineering Science
 

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Project: “Multidimensional risk theory and its duality”, 2012
Mentor: Dr. QuanLei Fang, Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science
Student: Mohamed Kaba; Major: Mathematics
 

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Project: “Elliptic Curves Over Finite Fields”, 2012
Mentor: Dr. Karen Taylor, Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science
Student: Kristie Polanco; Major: Biology
 

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Project: “Introductory Insights into Knot Theory and Its Applications”, 2012
Mentor: Dr. Joseph Malinsky, Dept. of Physics and Engineering
Student: Dorian Whyte; Major: Engineering

 

 

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Project:  “The arithmetic of a sequence of polynomials associated with the Fibonacci sequence”, 2010-11
Mentor:  Dr. Rony Gouraige
,  Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science
Student:  Freddy Gomez. Major:  Computer Science
 

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Project:  “Introduction to Point-Set Topology using Moore’s method”, 2010-11
Mentor:  Dr. Uma Iyer
,  Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science
Student:  Almamy Cisse. Major: Mathematics
 

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Project:  “Modern Techniques in Solving Linear Differential Equations”, 2010-11
Mentor:  Dr. Camilo Sanabria
,  Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science
Student:  Nourou Alassani. Major: Engineering Science
 

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Project:  “The Irrationality of Zeta(2)”, 2010-11
Mentor:  Dr. Karen Taylor
,  Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science
Student:  Fessele Sayibou. Major: Pharmacy

 

 

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Project:  “Cramer’s Rule in Boolean Algebra”, 2009-10
Mentor:  Dr. Alex Kheyfits
,  Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science
Students:  Moutawakilou Ibrahim, Isirikoufoulou Sibabi Akpo. Major: Engineering Science
 

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Project:  “The dynamics of the sums of cubes of the digits of a natural number”, 2009-10
Mentor:  Dr. Rony Gouraige
,  Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science
Student:  Xavier Aglamey. Major: Computer Science
 

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Project:  “Continued fractions and the Frobenius problem”, 2009-10
Mentor:  Dr. Cormac O’Sullivan
,  Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science
Student:  Zarifou Ali. Major: Electrical Engineering
 

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Project:  “Icosahedron”, 2009-10
Mentor:  Dr. Antony Weaver
,  Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science
Student:  Adelita Lassu. Major: Digital Arts


 

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Project:  "Lissajous knots ", 2008-09
Mentor:  Dr. Nikos Apostolakis,  Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science
Research Assistant: Joseph Irizarry
 

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Project:  "Jones polynomial and classical invariants of knots ", 2008-09
Mentor:  Dr. Nikos Apostolakis,  Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science
Research Assistant: Taoyidi Gbadamassi
 

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Project:  "Group Characters and the Kesava Menon Identity", 2008-09
Mentor:  Dr. Rony Gouraige,  Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science
Research Assistant: Clyde Lewis, Lehman College
 

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Project:  "Sums of Squares of Digits," 2008-09
Mentor:  Dr. Rony Gouraige,  Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science
Research Assistants: Xavier Aglamey
 

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Project:  "Numerical Exploration of Elliptic Curves with Complex Multiplication," 2008-09
Mentor:  Dr. Jorge Pineiro, Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science
Research Assistant: Ibrahima Diedhiou, Raya Bayor

 

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Project:  ``Classification of Tricolorable Knots and Links,  II", 2007-08
Mentor:  Dr. Nikos Apostolakis,  Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science
Research Assistant: Jimmy Aybar, City College of New York
 

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Project:  ``Tricolorable Links and Knot Polynomials", 2007-08
Mentor:  Dr. Nikos Apostolakis,  Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science
Research Assistant: Peter Akwei-Wontumi
 

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Project:  ``The Generalized Division Algorithm", 2007-08
Mentor:  Dr. Rony Gouraige,  Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science
Research Assistant: Clyde Lewis, Lehman College
 

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Project:  ``Phytoremediation of Aluminum by American and International Rice Oryza Sativa Cultivars in vitro," 2007-08
Mentor:  Dr. Charles Maliti,  Dept. of Biology
Research Assistants: Kojo Wallace, Edward Thomas
 

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Project:  ``Properties of polymer environmentally friendly polymer membranes," 2007-08
Mentor:  Dr. Vicki Flaris,  Dept. of Chemistry
Research Assistant: Noelisa Montero


 

Further AMP Projects, 2002-2007

 
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Project: "Arithmetic Eigenvalue Problems,"  2006-07
Mentors: Dr. Rony Gouraige, Dr. Jorge Pineiro, Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science
Research Assistant: Erica Fells
 

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Project: "Ideal Class Group of an Imaginary Quadratic Number Field,"  2006-07
Mentors: Dr. Rony Gouraige, Dr. Jorge Pineiro, Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science
Research Assistant: Clyde Lewis
 

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Project: "The Number of Points on an Elliptic Curve Modulo p,"  2006-07
Mentors: Dr. Rony Gouraige, Dr. Jorge Pineiro, Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science
Research Assistants: Oladipupo Ogunnubi, Manuel Torres (Lehman College) 
 

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Project: "Classification of Tricolarable Knots and Links,"  2006-07
Mentor: Dr. Nikolaos Apostolakis, Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science
Research Assistants: Jimmy Aybar, Terrance Burks
 

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Project: "Winning Strategies for a Graph Deletion Game,"  2006-07
Mentor: Dr. Cormac O'Sullivan, Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science
Research Assistants: Claudette Hetmeyer, Miguel Lopez-Ferreira

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Project: "An Exploration of Software Methods of Handwriting Recognition," 2006-07
Mentor: Dr. George Leibman,  Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science
Research Assistant: Julian Diaz

 

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Project: "Matrix Rings of the form R= M_2 (Z/p^n Z),  p  a rational prime, n a natural number,"  Summer 2006
Mentors: Dr. Rony Gouraige, Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science
Research Assistant: Erica Fells
 

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Project: "Integral Binary Quadratic Forms",  Summer 2006
Mentors: Dr. Rony Gouraige, Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science
Research Assistant: Clyde Lewis
 

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Project: "Quadratic Number Fields and their Subrings of Algebraic Integers",  Summer 2006
Mentors: Dr. Rony Gouraige, Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science
Research Assistant: Oladipupo Ogunnubi
 

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Project: "Pell's Equation; Use of Continued Fractions for Integral Solutions to Pell's Equatio,"  Summer 2006
Mentors: Dr. Rony Gouraige, Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science
Research Assistant: Manuel Torres (Lehman College)

 

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Project: "Solving a 2 by 2 System of Linear Boolean Equations by Elimination," 2005-06
Mentor: Dr. Alex Kheyfits, Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science
Research Assistant: Clyde Lewis
 

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Project: "Characteristics of Polymer Blends,"  2005-06
Mentor: Dr. Vicki Flaris, Dept. of Chemistry and Chemical Technology
Research Assistant: Sikiru Lawal

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Project: "Characterization of Cobomax, an amino-acid-vitamin B12 non-Covalent Complex," 2005-06
Mentor: Dr. Thomas Brennan, Dept. of Chemistry and Chemical Technology
Research Assistant: Oladipupo Ogunnibi

 

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Project: "Statistical Mechanics and Topology Applied to Biopolymers," 2004-05
Mentor: Dr. Joseph Malinsky, Dept. of Physics and Technology
Research Assistant: Julian Diaz
 

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Project: "The Impact of Psychosocial Measures on Depression and Anxiety Among Ethnically Diverse Students," 2004-05
Mentor: Dr. Jude Eugene, Dept. of Social Sciences
Research Assistant: Yomayra Reyno
 

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Project: "Constructing Large Planar Networks," 2004-05
Mentor: Dr. Cormac O'Sullivan, Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science
Research Assistant: Koami Semanyo


 

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Project: "Properties of Symplectomorphisms", 2003-04
Mentor: Dr. Andrew McInerney,  Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science
Research Assistant: Stephany Soria
 

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Project: "Legendre Curves in R3", 2003-04
Mentor: Dr. Andrew McInerney, Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science
Research Assistant: Aida Wade
 

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Project: "Flows of Hamiltonian Vector Fields", 2003-04
Mentor: Dr. Andrew McInerney, Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science
Research Assistant: Raysa Martinez
 

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Project: "Stirling, Bell and Bernoulli Numbers", 2003-04
Mentor: Dr. Cormac O'Sullivan, Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science
Research Assistants: William DiNapoli, Sylvia Osuyi Ekpu
 

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Project: "Visualizing the Sweep Line Algorithm for Computing the Voronoi Diagram", 2003-04
Mentor: Dr. Sharon Persinger, Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science
Research Assistants: Santa Gonzalez, Anny Garcia
 

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Project: "Cellular Automata and the Game of Life", 2003-04
Mentor: Dr. Ivan Petrovic, Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science
Research Assistants: Eddy Coronado, Craig Roach
 

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Project: "Turing Machines and their Applications towards Cellular Automata", 2003-04
Mentor: Dr. Ivan Petrovic, Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science
Research Assistant: Koami Semanyo
 

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Project: "Computational Studies of the Natural Medicinal", 2004
Mentor: Dr. Thomas Brennan, Dept. of Chemistry and Chemical Technology
Research Assistant: Charles Asamoah
 

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Project: "Developing a New Technique for Measuring Interfacial Tension for Polymers", 2004
Mentor: Dr. Neal Phillip, Dept. of Chemistry and Chemical Technology
Research Assistant: Raul Gilles
 

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Project: "Studies on Metal Chelates of Vitamin B6 Model Compounds", 2003-04
Mentor: Dr. Kamal Ismail, Dept. of Chemistry and Chemical Technology
Research Assistant: Ellen Olajide
 

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Project: "The Development of an Ion Chromatographic Method to Quantitate Low levels of Anionic Pollutants in Cloud Water and Snow Samples", 2003-04
Mentor: Dr. Neal Phillip, Dept. of Chemistry and Chemical Technology
Research Assistant: Lydia Owusu

 

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Project: "Asymptotic and Numerical Study of the Location of Zeroes of a Special Transcendental Equation", 2002-03
Mentor: Dr. Alexander Kheyfits, Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science
Research Assistant: Halimatu Mohammed
 

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Project: "Cellular Automata and the Game of Life", 2003
Mentor: Dr. Roman Kossak, Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science
Research Assistants: Eddy Coronado, James Boakye
 

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Project: "Deviation and Optimization of Non-Smooth Functions", 2002-03
Mentor: Dr. Mohamed Messaoudene, Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science
Research Assistant: Rafiah Vitalis
 

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Project: "The Fibonacci Numbers Modulo p, Quadratic Reciprocity and Searching for Large Primes", 2002-03
Mentor: Dr. Cormac O'Sullivan, Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science
Research Assistants: Craig Salmon, Sylvia Osuyi Ekpu
 

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Project: "Bioinformatics and Physical Properties of Biopolymers", 2002-03
Mentor: Dr. Joseph Malinsky, Dept. of Physics and Technology
Research Assistants: Lendon Simpson, Alexis Quiroga
 

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Project: "Extraterrestrial Impacts and Mass Extinctions", 2002-03
Mentor: Dr. Luis Enrique Montenegro, Dept. of Physics and Technology
Research Assistant: Esmeraldo Castro, Godwin Dike

 

 

Highlights

Aliou Diop, a Bronx Commmunity College alumnus of the 2001 class, began his undergraduate research with the AMP program in Spring 2000 under the mentorship of Dr. Andrew McInerney of the Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science. A year later, he was among the first eight CUNY students and the first BCC student to be awarded the AMP Carver Scholarship. In this capacity, he presented his work in Science Fairs at both BCC and CUNY and in several undergraduate research conferences around the country. In Fall 2002, while a junior at Lehman College, he was among a handful of talented undergraduates recruited from throughout the US to participate in the MASS (Mathematics Advanced Study Semesters) Program at Penn State University. He completed his B.S. in Mathematics at Lehman College in the Spring of 2003 and is currently pursuing his Ph.D degree in Mathematics at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York!!!


The AMP and the Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science at BCC is proud of accomplishments of students like Aliou Diop and is looking forward to scout for a new generation of talented students in sciences and mathematics.