In this talk, I will tell the story of our work with some truly remarkable undergraduate students at Rutgers-Camden, who despite many odds have achieved success that is unprecedented for the Camden campus. I will discuss the various challenges that we faced and some ideas that have worked very well (and some that have not) for us. We will also discuss how we have been applying some of these ideas in our work with high school students and students at other institutions.
Bio: Rajiv Gandhi is Associate Professor of Computer Science at Rutgers, Camden. He works in the design and analysis of algorithms, focusing on approximation algorithms for NP-hard problems. He has mentored many undergraduate students at Rutgers, Camden and elsewhere.