The Applied Methods and Research Experience (AMRE) is a program initiated by the Departments of Mathematics and Computer Science designed to give students from The College of Wooster experience in the practical applications of mathematics and computer science which the classroom cannot provide. For eight weeks of the summer, student teams and faculty advisors from the College of Wooster are joined with a (usually local) business, industry, or agency (client). This partnership is beneficial to all involved. The student participants are exposed to the practical applications of mathematics and computer science in a "real world" setting and acquire knowledge which will aid them in their senior independent study and later in life. The faculty advisors have the opportunity to be involved with a very select group of students in a summer activity, while contributing to research in the fields of applied mathematics and computer science. Clients have the opportunity to tangibly support education and, at a low cost, obtain solutions to problems that would most likely not be addressed internally.
The structure of the program is based upon several research teams which work independently on separate projects, but also come together for discussion of progress. These teams are comprised of students (usually three) and a faculty advisor. The faculty advisor involvement is heavy initially as the student team becomes familiar with the project definition. After approximately two weeks, involvement becomes primarily advisory as the students work directly with client representatives and others. Student teams give weekly progress reports in the form of oral presentations, in addition to periodic presentations to their respective clients. Each team also gives a final oral presentation and written report to the client upon completion of the project.
In addition to work done on the project, a number of lectures are presented by the faculty advisors as a part of the AMRE program. These lectures are intended to teach the students skills or tools necessary to complete their assigned projects. Colloquia are also given on a variety of topics including group dynamics and oral presentation. These colloquia are given by individuals from academia, local corporations and professional consultants.
- Informational Brochure (.pdf)
- Be a Client (.pdf)
- Services and Expertise (.pdf)
- Radio interview with AMRE Director John Ramsay
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