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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. Carina Curto

Dr. Carina Curto

Dr. Carina Curto is new to the NCUWM Organizing Committee, and is an assistant professor who does research in mathematical neuroscience. After receiving her Ph.D. from Duke University in 2005, Carina held postdoctoral positions at Rutgers and NYU before coming to UNL in 2009. Since 2009, her research has been supported by NSF grants in Mathematical Biology, as well as a Sloan Research Fellowship and a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship for Junior Faculty. Carina currently supervises two doctoral students and mentors several other students in the Mathematical Neuroscience "Lab," a research group she co-heads with Vladimir Itskov.



Dr. Yu Jin

Dr. Yu Jin

Dr. Yu Jin has been on the NCUWM Organizing Committee since 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. Christine Kelley is co-chair of the NCUWM Organizing Committee and an associate 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. Glenn 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. Tom Marley has been a member of the organizing committee for several years. His research area is in commutative algebra. He is PI on the department's Mentoring through Critical Transitions Point grant and director of Nebraska IMMERSE, a summer program for early-career mathematics faculty and current and entering graduate students. He has had six Ph.D. students graduate, and has supervised a number of undergraduate research theses. He is currently the department's new Chief Undergraduate Advisor as of Fall 2013. He was also Vice Chair of the department from 2001 to 2005 and Acting Chair in 2009.







Stephanie Vendetti

Stephanie Vendetti

Stephanie Vendetti is the Events Coordinator for the Center for Science, Mathematics and Computer Education, which assists with conference logistics. She coordinates several other events throughout the year, which are administered by the CSMCE. Stephanie holds both a BFA and MFA in ceramics, and she was formerly an art gallery director before joining the CSMCE. This is Stephanie's second year on the committee, and she is excited to be a part of this conference.



Graduate Students

Sarah Behrens

Sarah Behrens

Sarah Behrens is currently a fourth 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 six years as a participant or volunteer, and this is her second year on the organizing committee.


Jessalyn Bolkema

Jessalyn Bolkema

Jessalyn Bolkema is in her second year of graduate studies at UNL. She is a graduate of Hope College in Holland, Michigan, where she studied mathematics, education, and French. Coding theory, complex analysis, crocheting, baking cookies, and playing the cello are among her favorite things in the world. This is her first year on the organizing committee for NCUWM.


Haydee Lindo

Haydee Lindo

Haydee Lindo is an international student from Jamaica. She graduated from Williams College in 2008 with BAs in Political Science and Mathematics. After Williams she spent two years in Boston working in management consulting with Bain & Company. She is now a fourth-year mathematics graduate student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she studies Commutative Algebra under Dr. Srikanth Iyengar. Haydee was UNL's invited graduate student representative at NCUWM in 2013 and is now on the organizing committee.


Anisah Numan

Anisah Nu'Man

Anisah Nu'Man is currently a fifth year graduate student at UNL where she is studying geometric group theory. She is a graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta, Ga., where she studied mathematics. In her spare time she enjoys reading, listening to music, and spending time with friends and family. Anisah is a MMUF scholar and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. This is Anisah's first year on the organizing committee for NCUWM.