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) 2895375, Email maria.psarelli@bcc.cuny.edu
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
Project:
“Visualizing Essential Singularities for Complex Ordinary Differential Equations”,
Fall 2014Spring 2015 

Project:
“Evolutionary Game Theory”,
Fall 2014Spring 2015 

Project:
“Nondegenerate linear forms”,
Fall 2014Spring 2015 

Project:
“Binary Linear Codes and Decoding by MessagePassing”,
Spring 2014Fall 2014 

Project:
“Navigating in a Dynamically Changing Closed Environment”,
Spring 2014 Fall 2014 

Project:
“Cops and Robbers on Graphs”,
Summer 2013 

Project:
“(Coming)”,
Fall 2013Spring 2014 
Recent AMP Projects
Project:
“The
Sum of Four Squares Theorem and the Hurwitz Integers”,
201112 

Project:
“The
Sum of Four Squares Theorem and Minkowski's Geometry of Numbers”,
201112 

Project:
“Kepler's
Laws”,
201112 

Project:
“Multidimensional
risk theory and its duality”,
2012 

Project:
“Elliptic
Curves Over Finite Fields”,
2012 

Project:
“Introductory
Insights into Knot Theory and Its Applications”,
2012 



Project: “The
arithmetic of a sequence of polynomials associated with the
Fibonacci sequence”,
201011 Mentor: Dr. Rony Gouraige, Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science Student: Freddy Gomez. Major: Computer Science 

Project: “Introduction
to PointSet Topology using Moore’s method”,
201011 

Project: “Modern
Techniques in Solving Linear Differential Equations”,
201011 

Project: “The
Irrationality of Zeta(2)”,
201011 
Project: “Cramer’s
Rule in Boolean Algebra”,
200910 

Project: “The
dynamics of the sums of cubes of the digits of a natural number”,
200910 

Project: “Continued
fractions and the Frobenius problem”,
200910 

Project: “Icosahedron”,
200910 
Project: "Lissajous knots
", 200809 

Project: "Jones polynomial and classical invariants of knots
", 200809 

Project: "Group Characters and the Kesava Menon Identity",
200809 

Project: "Sums of Squares of Digits,"
200809 

Project: "Numerical Exploration of Elliptic Curves with
Complex Multiplication," 200809 
Project: ``Classification of Tricolorable Knots and
Links, II", 200708 

Project: ``Tricolorable Links and Knot Polynomials",
200708 

Project: ``The Generalized Division Algorithm",
200708 

Project: ``Phytoremediation of Aluminum by American and
International Rice Oryza Sativa Cultivars in vitro," 200708 

Project: ``Properties of polymer environmentally friendly
polymer membranes," 200708 
Further AMP Projects, 20022007
Project: "Arithmetic Eigenvalue Problems,"
200607 
Project: "Ideal
Class Group of an Imaginary Quadratic Number Field," 200607 
Project: "The
Number of Points on an Elliptic Curve Modulo p," 200607 

Project: "Classification
of Tricolarable Knots and Links," 200607 
Project: "Winning Strategies for a Graph
Deletion Game," 200607 
Project: "An Exploration of Software
Methods of Handwriting Recognition," 200607 
Project: "Matrix
Rings of the form R= M_2 (Z/p^n Z), p a rational prime, n a
natural number," Summer 2006 
Project: "Integral
Binary Quadratic Forms", Summer 2006 
Project: "Quadratic
Number Fields and their Subrings of Algebraic Integers",
Summer 2006 
Project: "Pell's
Equation; Use of Continued Fractions for Integral Solutions to Pell's
Equatio," Summer 2006 
Project: "Solving a 2 by 2 System of Linear Boolean Equations by Elimination," 200506
Mentor: Dr. Alex Kheyfits, Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science
Research Assistant: Clyde Lewis
Project: "Characteristics of Polymer Blends," 200506
Mentor: Dr. Vicki Flaris, Dept. of Chemistry and Chemical Technology
Research Assistant: Sikiru Lawal
Project: "Characterization of Cobomax, an aminoacidvitamin B12 nonCovalent Complex," 200506
Mentor: Dr. Thomas Brennan, Dept. of Chemistry and Chemical Technology
Research Assistant: Oladipupo Ogunnibi
Project: "Statistical Mechanics and Topology Applied to Biopolymers," 200405
Mentor: Dr. Joseph Malinsky, Dept. of Physics and Technology
Research Assistant: Julian Diaz
Project: "The Impact of Psychosocial Measures on Depression and Anxiety Among Ethnically Diverse Students," 200405
Mentor: Dr. Jude Eugene, Dept. of Social Sciences
Research Assistant: Yomayra Reyno
Project: "Constructing Large Planar Networks," 200405
Mentor: Dr. Cormac O'Sullivan, Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science
Research Assistant: Koami Semanyo
Project: "Properties of Symplectomorphisms", 200304
Mentor: Dr. Andrew McInerney, Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science
Research Assistant: Stephany Soria
Project: "Legendre Curves in R^{3}", 200304
Mentor: Dr. Andrew McInerney, Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science
Research Assistant: Aida Wade
Project: "Flows of Hamiltonian Vector Fields", 200304
Mentor: Dr. Andrew McInerney, Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science
Research Assistant: Raysa Martinez
Project: "Stirling, Bell and Bernoulli Numbers", 200304
Mentor: Dr. Cormac O'Sullivan, Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science
Research Assistants: William DiNapoli, Sylvia Osuyi Ekpu
Project: "Visualizing the Sweep Line Algorithm for Computing the Voronoi Diagram", 200304
Mentor: Dr. Sharon Persinger, Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science
Research Assistants: Santa Gonzalez, Anny Garcia
Project: "Cellular Automata and the Game of Life", 200304
Mentor: Dr. Ivan Petrovic, Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science
Research Assistants: Eddy Coronado, Craig Roach
Project: "Turing Machines and their Applications towards Cellular Automata", 200304
Mentor: Dr. Ivan Petrovic, Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science
Research Assistant: Koami Semanyo
Project: "Computational Studies of the Natural Medicinal", 2004
Mentor: Dr. Thomas Brennan, Dept. of Chemistry and Chemical Technology
Research Assistant: Charles Asamoah
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
Project: "Studies on Metal Chelates of Vitamin B_{6} Model Compounds", 200304
Mentor: Dr. Kamal Ismail, Dept. of Chemistry and Chemical Technology
Research Assistant: Ellen Olajide
Project: "The Development of an Ion Chromatographic Method to Quantitate Low levels of Anionic Pollutants in Cloud Water and Snow Samples", 200304
Mentor: Dr. Neal Phillip, Dept. of Chemistry and Chemical Technology
Research Assistant: Lydia Owusu
Project: "Asymptotic and Numerical Study of the Location of Zeroes of a Special Transcendental Equation", 200203
Mentor: Dr. Alexander Kheyfits, Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science
Research Assistant: Halimatu Mohammed
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
Project: "Deviation and Optimization of NonSmooth Functions", 200203
Mentor: Dr. Mohamed Messaoudene, Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science
Research Assistant: Rafiah Vitalis
Project: "The Fibonacci Numbers Modulo p, Quadratic Reciprocity and Searching for Large Primes", 200203
Mentor: Dr. Cormac O'Sullivan, Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science
Research Assistants: Craig Salmon, Sylvia Osuyi Ekpu
Project: "Bioinformatics and Physical Properties of Biopolymers", 200203
Mentor: Dr. Joseph Malinsky, Dept. of Physics and Technology
Research Assistants: Lendon Simpson, Alexis Quiroga
Project: "Extraterrestrial Impacts and Mass Extinctions", 200203
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.