REU Leaders

rousepicJeremy Rouse is an associate professor of mathematics at Wake Forest University. He was an undergraduate at Harvey Mudd and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Within number theory, he is particularly interested in elliptic curves, modular forms, quadratic forms, and computations involving those objects. His interests beyond mathematics are choral singing, chess, running, and spending time with his wife and daughter.


Katherine Thompson is an assistant professor of Mathematics at DePaul University. She was an undergraduate at Oglethorpe and graduated with degrees in mathematics and music history. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Georgia. She has additional experience teaching at Davidson College and Carnegie Mellon University. Her mathematical interests revolve around quadratic forms; she uses tools ranging from Hilbert modular forms to Geometry of Numbers to approach these objects. Her non-mathematical interests involve cooking and reading (the latter is typically done in coffee shops).

2017 Guest Speakers

mitch Mitch Keller is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Washington & Lee University. He grew up in a town of fewer than 300 people in North Dakota and graduated from North Dakota State University with a B.S. in mathematics. He earned his Ph.D. in mathematics from Georgia Tech, where he was also graduate student body president. Prior to joining W&L, he held postdoctoral positions at the London School of Economics and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His mathematical interests lie primarily in the combinatorics of partially ordered sets. Outside of mathematics, Mitch enjoys baking, photography, and travel.

lola Lola Thompson is a mathematics faculty member at Oberlin College. She double-majored in mathematics and economics at the University of Chicago before earning her Ph.D. in mathematics at Dartmouth College. She has spent time conducting research at the University of Georgia, the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, and at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in Bonn. Lola is an alumna of the Ross program, loves to travel, and is a member of the Oberlin College Aerialists.

Ben Linowitz is also a faculty member at Oberlin College. He majored in mathematics at the University of Pennsylvania, earned his Ph.D. at Dartmouth College, and held an NSF postdoc at the University of Michigan. Ben is a veteran of the US Army and an avid book collector.

willWill Damron is a 2017 graduate of Davidson College, where he majored in mathematics. He is also a 2016 alum of WADE Into Research. Will will begin the Ph.D. program in economics at Yale in the fall, and is a fan of bluegrass music.

2017 Participants

  • Skye Binegar, Reed College.
  • Randy Dominick, Texas Tech University.
  • Chris Donnay, Pomona College.
  • Havi Ellers, Harvey Mudd College.
  • Meagan Kenney, Bard College.
  • Kate O’Connor, The College of New Jersey.
  • Alex Walsh, Brown University.
  • Erin Wood, University of Kentucky.