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Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics

Organizing Committee

Faculty and Staff

Lindsay Augustyn 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. Mikil Foss is new to the NCUWM Organizatin Committee. He is an Associate Professor and conducts research in the broad area of partial integro-differential equations and calculus of variations. More specifically, he is currently interested in peridynamic models for materials and regularity theory for solutions to systems of partial integro-differential equations and multivariable variational problems.


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 has been on the NCUWM Organizing Committee since 2008 and is currently Co-Chair. Her research area is 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 by an NSA Young Investigator grant. She has superivsed several undergraduate research projects and one doctoral 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."


Dr. Glenn Ledder has been on the NCUWM Organizing Committee since 2005 and is currently Co-Chair. His research area is mathematical modeling in the physical and biological sciences, and he is also a national leader in efforts to develop undergraduate mathematics curricula for biology students. He has mentored a total of 40 undergraduate research students, including REU Site student groups in the summers of 2002, 2003, 2006, 2010, and 2014.


Dr. Mohammad Rammaha is new to the NCUWM Organizing Committee but has been a member of the UNL Department of Mathematics faculty since 1985. His research interests lie in applied mathematics and analysis; in particular he works with issues concerning nonlinear hyperbolic partial differential equations. He has advised six PhD students since arriving at Nebraska, five of whom are in tenured or tenure-track positions, and one who currently holds a prestigious postdoctoral position at the Weizman Institute of Science in Israel. In 2003 he received the College Distinguished Teaching Award from UNL and has also received the Recognition Award for Contribution to Students from the UNL Parents Association eleven times.


Stephanie Vendetti is the Events Coordinator for the Center for Science, Mathematics and Computer Education. She coordinates several other events throughout the year 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 third year on the committee.

Graduate Students

Anisah Nu'Man is currently a 6th year graduate student at UNL where she is studying geometric group theory. She is a graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, 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 2nd year on the organizing committee for NCUWM.


Nicholas Kass is currently a third year graduate student at UNL studying partial differential equations under Dr. Mohammed Rammaha. A former resident of the east coast, he graduated from New Jersey's Montclair State University in 2012 with a major in mathematics after a long career in the computer industry. He enjoys cooking, movies, and is an active volunteer in Southeast Community College's adult education program. This is his first year serving on the NCUWM organizing committee.


Areeba Ikram is currently a third year graduate student at UNL. She graduated from University of Texas where she studied mathematics. In her spare time, she likes to ride her bike, run, watch movies, and read. This is her first year on the organizing committee for NCUWM.






Simone Westermayer is currently a fourth year graduate student at UNL where she is studying mathematical biology under the supervision of Dr. Glenn Ledder. She earned her BS in Mathematics from the University of Central Missouri in 2011. This is her first year serving on the NCUWM organizing committee.