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Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics

Organizing Committee

Faculty and Staff

Lindsay Augustyn

Lindsay Augustyn

Lindsay is the Outreach and Communications Director for the Center for Science, Mathematics and Computer Education, which assists with conference logistics. She oversees conferences and workshops, and focuses on graphic design, such as the creation of brochures, magazines and promotional materials for events. Her background is in newspaper design and editing, as well as the hospitality industry. She graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor of Journalism and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in advertising.


Dr. Brian Harbourne

Dr. Brian Harbourne

Dr. Harbourne has been involved with NCUWM for several years. His research is in algebraic geometry, and he has supervised three students to doctorates. He was on the organizing committee for the entire 14 year run of the NSF-funded Mountain West conferences. He was PI of a 2002 NSF grant to bring graduate students and early career researchers to an international conference in Sicily, Italy. He was also one of the organizers for that conference and for another in Siena, Italy in 2004, and he organized a special session in algebraic geometry at the AMS sectional meeting held at UNL in 2005.


Stephanie Vendetti

Stephanie Vendetti

Stephanie Vendetti is the events coordinator for the Center for Science, Mathematics & Computer Education, which assists with conference logistics. She coordinates not only NCUWM but also several other events administered by the CSMCE. Her professional background is in ceramics and she was formerly a gallery director. This is Stephanie's first year on the committee, and she is excited to be a part of this conference.






Dr. Yu Jin

Dr. Yu Jin

Dr. Jin is a new assistant professor who joined in the department in August 2012. Her research is in applied mathematics with the main focus on dynamical systems and mathematical biology. This includes the establishment of appropriate mathematical models (mainly ordinary/partial/functional differential equations and difference equations) for phenomena in spatial ecology, population dynamics, and epidemiology, as well as mathematical and computational analysis for models.



Dr. Christine Kelley

Dr. Christine Kelley

Dr. Kelley is co-chair of the NCUWM Organizing Committee and an assistant professor who does research in coding theory. After receiving her Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame in 2006, she held postdoctoral research positions at the Fields Institute and The Ohio State University. Her research has been supported by an NSF EPSCoR First Award, and currently by an NSA Young Investigator grant. She is also supervising one doctoral student and one undergraduate honors student. In Spring 2010, she received the University's Harold and Esther Edgerton Junior Faculty Award for "creative research, extraordinary teaching abilities, and academic promise." This is her third year on the organizing committee.


Dr. Glenn Ledder

Dr. Glenn Ledder

Dr. Ledder is co-chair of the NCUWM Organizing Committee and does research in mathematical modeling in the physical and biological sciences. He is a leader in developing an undergraduate mathematics curriculum for biology students at UNL. He is the lead-PI on a recent $30,000 NSF grant for that purpose. He is also the director of the RUTE (Research for Undergraduates in Theoretical Ecology) program, which is funded by a $710,000 NSF grant. He has supervised REU Site student groups in the summers of 2002, 2003, and 2006.


Dr. Tom Marley

Dr. Tom Marley

Dr. Marley has rejoined the NCUWM Organizing Committee. He is a co-PI of the Nebraska MCTP grant and Program Director for Nebraska IMMERSE. In addition, he served as vice chair of the Department of Mathematics from 2001-2005.





Graduate and Undergraduate Students

Amy Been

Amy Been

Amy is an undergraduate senior math and Spanish major. She plans to go to grad school to get her Ph.D. in math and then become a college professor. She is involved in the Newman Center, FOCUS Bible studies, and the sorority Theta Phi Alpha. She loves playing tennis, reading, and, of course, having fun with math! In summer 2010, she attended the Summer Math Program for Women at Carleton College. Amy is very excited to begin her third year of work on the NCUWM committee!


Sarah Behrens

Sarah Behrens

Sarah Behrens is currently a third year graduate student at UNL where she is studying graph theory. As an undergraduate, she attended Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and graduated with a major in mathematics and minors in music and physics. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the French horn, knitting, and playing with her Guinea pig. Sarah has attended NCUWM the past five years as a participant or volunteer, and this is her first year on the organizing committee.


Nate Corwin

Nate Corwin

Nathan is a sixth year graduate student in the Mathematics Ph.D. program at UNL, where he is studying geometric group theory. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 2002 and a master's degree from the University of Oregon. He has attended NCUWM four times in the past to provide technical support; this is his first year on the organizing committee.



Melanie DeVries

Melanie DeVries

Melanie is a fifth year graduate student in the Mathematics Ph.D. program at UNL where she is studying low-dimensional topology and geometric group theory. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa in 2008. This is Melanie's first year on the committee. She attended the conference twice as an undergraduate, and it helped spark her interest in attending graduate school and working in a mathematics-based career. Melanie is very excited to help bring this excellent experience to other young women.


Pei Pei

Pei Pei

Pei Pei is a fifth-year graduate student in the Mathematics Ph.D. program studying partial differential equations. She came from Shanghai, China, in 2008. She plans to go back to serve her country in the future. This is her second year working on the NCUWM committee, and she is excited to have this opportunity.