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Pomona College Mathematics Professors Recipients of Fletcher Jones Foundation Grants

Pomona College Professor of Mathematics Stephan Garcia and Visiting Professor of Mathematics Rena Levitt are among the recipients of grants given to the Claremont Center for the Mathematical Sciences by The Fletcher Jones Foundation to fund eight-week summer research projects in collaboration with students from the Claremont Colleges and Claremont Graduate University. Each award, approximately $30,000, will support both the faculty members and their research group of three undergraduate students and one graduate student each.

Garcia’s project will use supercharacter theory, a powerful new algebraic mechanism, to study certain exponential sums that arise in number theory.  The powerful machinery of supercharacter theory should automatically yield simple proofs of many difficult algebraic formulas.

Levitt's research will focus on groups: sets of elements with an operation that mimics multiplication. Levitt and her students will explore the computation complexity of a class of groups by building a metric space that encodes their structure.

The Fletcher Jones Foundation was established in 1968 by Fletcher Jones, co-founder of Computer Sciences Corporation, a global leader in providing technology services to businesses and governments. After the death of Fletcher Jones in 1972, the Foundation was endowed from his personal estate and is governed by a distinguished Board of Trustees. The Foundation’s mission is and has been to support private, independent colleges and universities in California.

The Claremont Center for the Mathematical Sciences (CCMS), begun in 2008, promotes collaborative research and creative teaching among the institutions of the Claremont University Consortium (Claremont Graduate University, Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College, Pitzer College, Pomona College and Scripps College).

Pomona College, one of the nation’s premier liberal arts colleges, provides its students with a challenging curriculum in the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and fine arts, and an unsurpassed environment for intellectual inquiry and growth. Its hallmarks include small classes, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of opportunities for student research.