Ashland University College of Arts & Sciences
Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Symposium (URCA)

This annual event provides students in The College of Arts and Sciences the chance to present the results of independent study projects, thesis work, term papers or literary analysis, exhibit their artwork or give literary readings, musical or theatrical performances in a professional setting. Students have 10-15 minutes to give an oral presentation, poster presentation, art exhibition or performance. The event is held at the John C. Myers Convocation Center. The Symposium gives presenters and attendees the opportunity to learn about the work of other students throughout the diverse departments in The College of Arts and Sciences.


2015 URCA

"Enhanced Techniques for Performing Base N Arithmetic and Conversion." by Victoria Gruber

"Cover Pebbling Numbers" by Grace McCourt

"A Population Growth Model with Time-Dependent Carrying Capacity" by Paul Pernici

"MEDUSA: Monitoring Environmental Data Using Software Applications" by Raymond Acevedo, Abdullah Aldhfyan, Abdulmohsen Alsalman, Zack Brown, Omar Busheel, Joseph Hermperly, Ashley Herman, Rupesh Maharjan, and Dylan Moats.


2014 URCA

"Constant Speed or Constant Effort: Which is the More EfAcient Way to Run?" by Scott Glorioso

"Comparing Feature Extraction and Feature Selection Algorithms in Pattern Recognition" by Paul Pernici

"Sieve Bootstrap - Based Prediction Intervals for GARCH Processes" by Garrett Tresch


2013 URCA

"Undergraduate Problem Solving in Mathematics" by Joey Ciaccia, Stacee King, Anna Payne, Megan Raber and Brad Sekas

"Minimizing the Number of Two-step Paths in a Graph" by Anna Payne

"Programming Techniques in Dark GDK" by Chris Yocum and Ben Bushong


2012 URCA

Cohort of Games - Game Design with Dark GDK
The following games were presented:
    "Mouse Madness" by Anna Payne
    "Little Red Plumber" by Rylan Campbell
    "Blackjack" by Allen Kowal
    "Rockem Sockem Robots" by Kenny Bogner and Kees Edwards

Final Project for CS 499 Software Development
     "The Design and Implementation of Real-World Projects for Real Clients: Building a Library for Microsoft Dynamics CRM Stystem" by Thomas Conti, John Cunning, Brandon Davis, Jim Huang and Matthew Smithburger

     "Lines, Diagrams and Duals! Oh, My!" by Nick Painter


2011 URCA

"Shared Shortest Paths in Graphs" by Nicole Peterson

"Exploring the Platonic Relationship between Probability and Yahtzee" by Kara Blitz


2010 URCA

"The Design and Implementation of Real-World Projects for Real Clients: The Westfield Group Project" by John Bentley, Kimberly Hohl, Andrew Rowe and Matthew Schwan
"The Design and Implementation of Real-World Projects for Real Clients: The Home Hardware Inc. Project" by  John Bentley, Kimberly Hohl, Andrew Rowe and Matthew Schwan
"iAshland - Student Life Application" by Emilia Del Pino, Jeremy Mio and Thomas Valy
"Smorgasbord of Primes" by Todd Polak


Mathematics Association of America - Ohio Section

2016 Spring Meeting, Ohio Northern University

  • Grace McCourt - "Covering Pebbling Numbers"

2015 Spring Meeting, Marshall University

  • Scott Glorioso - "Constant Speed or Constant Effort: Which is More EfAcient Way to Run?"
  • Garrett Tresch - "Sieve Bootstrap - Based Prediction Intervals for GARCH Processes"

2013 Spring Meeting, Denison University

  • Kate Fleming - "Variations on the Monty Hall Problem"
  • Stacee King - "Subtriangles and Their Implications for Creating Subrectangles"
  • Megan Raber - "Decimal Expansions Involving Fibonacci Numbers"

2012 Spring Meeting, Xavier University

  • Larissa Berry - "The Last Stone Standing"
  • John Bentley - "The Prime Detective"
  • Caitlin Music - "Stop or Go"
  • Anna Payne - "Let's Make a Deal: Probability of a Popular Game Show"
  • Bradley Sekas - "Can Counting Cards Win You Money?"

2011 Spring Meeting, Youngstown State University

  • Kara Blitz - "Exploring the Platonic Relationship between Probability and Yahtzee"
  • Niko Blankenship - "A Different Look at March Madness"
  • Alayna Ruggles - "Weird Dance"
  • Nicole Peterson - "Sequences and Balanced Distributions"
  • Polly Widmer - "To Be, or Not to Be, Dry!"
  • Donnie Dottei - "Baseball's Record Breaking Math"

2010 Spring Meeting, Kent State University

  • Nicholas Blankenship - "An NBA Fan's New Year's Resolution"
  • Alan Dunson - "Origins of Sudoko"
  • Nathaniel Ferron - "To Deal or Not to Deal"
  • Shawn Kiss - "The Parallel Climbers Puzzle"
  • Sean McGraw - "A History of the Function"
  • Michael Nelson - "Redistricting/Gerrymandering: A Mathematical Evaluation"
  • Todd Polak - "The Distribution of Primes Modulo 3 and 4"
  • Andrew Rowe - "Cyclogons: Rolling with Polygons"
  • Matthew Schwan - "Unlocking the Keys: A Mathematical Look at Instrument Tuning"
  • Mollie Sturm - "Math Madness: Tournament Ranking Methods"

2009 Spring Meeting, Bowling Green State University

  • Nicholas Bellanco - "Taxicab Version of Pythagorean Theorem"
  • Janice Greenblatt - "Rather Streaking Numbers"
  • Mark Kaiser - "The Sum of Two Cubes in Two Different Ways"
  • Shawn Kiss - "Condensation Method of Evaluating Determinants"
  • Stacey Markovich - "Sending Secrets through a Subliminal Channel"
  • Sean McGraw - "The Effect on Return Time by Retarding Forces"
  • Ryan O'Dell - "Particle Accelerators with Vector Calculus"
  • Bruce Pryor - "An Improper Integral and Green's Theorum"
  • Katelyn Roberts - "Franklin's Magic Circle"
  • Teresa Schermerhorn - "Finding the GCD of Two Gaussian Integers"
  • Gregory Slutz - "Euler's Method for Finding Amicable Pairs"
  • Mollie Sturn - "Products of Sines: Trigonometric Identities Involving Constants"

2008 Spring Meeting, Marietta College

  • Kimberly Alley - "Musical Mathematics"
  • Rachel Cordy - "Sudoko"
  • Kevin Jackson - "A True Baseball Fan or One Who Just Likes to Travel?"
  • Jordan Job - "Using Alphametics to Send a Message"
  • Kate Plummer - "Wizarding Wisdom or Simple Logic?"