Amanda Mayhall is a junior at Louisiana State University pursuing a degree in Applied/Discrete Mathematics and a minor in Entrepreneurship. Originally from Fort Worth, Texas, Amanda came to LSU to experience the unique Louisiana culture, participate in the Honors College, and find opportunities to get involved with research. She is an Honors College Advocate, a member of CHAARG and AIAA, and an S-STEM Scholar. She was recently accepted in the Supervised Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE Program) under the direction of Dr. Oliver Dasbach. In the coming semesters, Amanda will explore Mahler measure and its application in various problems in Topology and Number Theory. Amanda plans to graduate with College Honors, so she will begin work on her Honors Thesis this spring. In her free time, she enjoys practicing AcroYoga, running and watching Gilmore Girls.
Last semester, I worked with Dr. Dasbach on Mahler measure using SAGE. Now that I am accepted into the SURE Program, Dr. Dasbach and I plan to continue our research and expand into how Mahler measure is used in Topology and Number Theory problems. I hope to present a poster in the future. Next week, I will begin tutoring College Algebra; I believe that a strong math foundation is one of the most important things one can learn in college. Last year, I put on "AP Monday," a day where high school students could tour LSU and take a mock AP Calculus AB exam. The day went so well that I was asked to hold the event again, so I plan to get in touch with my contacts to see about setting up the next AP Monday.