The following students have defended their PhD
dissertations in Spring 2009
1. Lyrial Chism, On Independence Polynomials and Independence
Equivalence in Graphs
Advisor: Dr. William Staton
2. Lanzhen Song, Independence Ploynomials of k-Tree Related and
Well-covered Graphs
Advisor: Dr. William Staton
3. Michelle Cradock, Reflexivity and the Grothendieck Property
for Positive Tensor Products of Banach Lattices
Advisor: Dr. Qingying Bu
4. Loni Delaplane, Connectivity and Characteristic Polynomials
of Binary Matroids
Advisor: Dr. Haidong Wu
**The following students have defended their MS theses in Spring 2009**
1. John Estes, Harmonic Graphs, A Correlation Between Music Theory and Combinatorial
Graphs
Advisor: Dr. William Staton
2. Sam Watson, Powers of algebraic disjointness preserving operators
Advisor: Dr. Gerard Buskes
**The following students have defended their mathematics
senior theses in Spring 2009**
1. Cameron Byrum, Graph Theoretical Problems Computable by Networks
of Finite Automata
Advisor: Dr. Laura Sheppardson
2. Anne Nicholas, Hadwiger's Conjecture Applied to Mycieiski and
Kneser Graphs
Advisor: Dr. Laura Sheppardson
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