Student Researcher Profiles - Adam Boseman
Exploring the limits of the zeta function
An Interview with UNCG student Adam Boseman
Adam got paid $3500 to participate in a NSF funded REU here at UNCG.
How did you become interested in this project?
A friend of mine, who has done research in the past, told me I should check it out. I looked into it and the topics to research all sounded very interesting.
What was your project about and what was your role?
I studied the paths are formed from zeros of the function zeta(s)‐c, where zeta(s) is Riemann-zeta function. To begin with, I had to study some of the basic aspects of complex analysis. First, I had to get familiar with the subject. Then, Dr. Pauli and I would work through the various proofs together. We proved a right bound, and a left barrier, for zeta(s)-1. We also found further zero free regions on the right, as well as regions where we know zeros will be.
Once we were satisfied with a particular proof, I would type it into our paper. Also as a part of the program. I started computations on the first 100,000 paths that we were studying. Once the computations were finished, we will be able to look at a graph of the first 100,000 paths.
How has your involvement in the project helped you?
As I said before, I was able to get familiar with the subject of complex analysis, which is a class that I will be taking next semester. Hopefully, I have learned enough through the program to be prepared next semester. There are many new things I have learned dealing with computers too, such as working with computer algebra systems and other operating systems. Many of the skills I have learned in this program can benefit me in my future education.
What is the most positive part of the project? The negative?
The most positive par t of the REU program has been getting to know all the people who were involved, but as far as academia goes, I like being able to experience the pleasure of learning new things just for the sake of learning, and not for a grade.
There aren't any negative things that come to mind. This is the first summer where I feel like I have actually been productive.
Would you participate in this program again?
What do you plan after you graduate?
Go to graduate school at UNCG.