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Research Profile: Stephen Melczer, Mathematics

December 08, 2012
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Stephen Melczer, Mathematics, just started his Master's degree in Mathematics in September 2012, but has already done two research internships in France.

As an undergraduate, he knew he wanted a research career, and received three NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards to explore different areas of mathematics research. He says, "This experience helped me determine exactly what I was interested in and I wound up pursuing research in Combinatorics, where various topics from other branches of math are mixed and used together in interesting ways."

His graduate research is on the enumeration of restricted lattice walks, and he's working with Dr. Marni Mishna, who helped arrange his first internship in France, at INRIA, a public research company. There, he was supervised by Alin Bostan, INRIA Paris-Rocquencourt, and Manuel Kauers, Research Institute for Symbolic Computation in Linz, Austria. The latter relationship meant that, while most of his time was spent in Paris, he also made two trips to Austria.

He says, "By the end of my first internship, we had made progress towards our goal of automating the classification of lattice walks restricted to the positive octant, but there was still lots of work to be done."

He then applied for a scholarship from the Embassy of France in Canada, and was approved for that award, to continue his research collaborations in the Fall 2012 term.

Even though he's a new graduate student, he's already building his academic CV: As an undergraduate student, he TA'd several courses and last summer, he presented his research at several conferences and seminars in France and Austria. He also received an NSERC Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement to support his research in France.

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