Holm participates in summer research program
Monday, July 11, 2005
Now in his second year in a National Science Foundation-sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduates program (REU), Michael Holm, Orange City, endorses that program as the best way to combine love for math with a summer job.
Holm is a senior mathematics major who is spending his summer participating in the University of Akron’s first-ever REU. Students were chosen from a pool of national applicants and receive a stipend and travel allowance.
As part of a nine-student research team, Holm has worked on two projects, one of which entailed decrypting a selection of 16th century codes used between Spanish King Philip II and his ambassador to
In the second week of his research experience, after the first of these codes had been cracked, Holm began work on a number theory problem involving the Fibonacci numbers and a relating Diophantine equation. He plans to continue working on this problem until the end of the summer. If all goes as planned, he will co-write an article containing its results, which may later be published in an academic journal.
This summer marks Holm’s second year of REU research. Last summer, he studied numerical analysis at the