Organizing Committee

Faculty and Staff

Lindsay Augustyn is assistant 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 UNL with a Bachelor of Journalism and a Master of Arts in journalism. This is her ninth year on the committee.


Dr. Huijing Du has been on the NCUWM Organizing Committee since 2016. She got her Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame, and then she was a postdoctoral scholar at University of California, Irvine. Her research is in the area of computational and mathematical biology, in particular using multiscale modeling tools to investigate complex multicellular biological systems.


Dr. Pelin Guven Geredeli is originally from Ankara, Turkey. Pelin obtained her Ph.D. in Mathematics from Hacettepe University (Ankara). She has held postdoc positions at the University of Virginia and Politecnico di Milano (Italy). Pelin’s research interests concern the longtime and qualitative behavior of linear and nonlinear systems of partial differential equations.


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 an NSA Young Investigator Grant. She has superivsed several undergraduate research projects and three doctoral students. She received the university's Harold and Esther Edgerton Junior Faculty Award in 2010, and a College Distinguished Teaching Award in 2012.


Deb Klimes is the administrative technician for the Center for Science, Mathematics and Computer Education. She manages the travel and travel support for conferences and grants administered by the CSMCE. Deb enjoys meeting all of the participants and seeing them have the opportunity to showcase their research. This is her third year on the committee.


Dr. Glenn Ledder has been on the NCUWM Organizing Committee since 2005 and is currently the 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 35 undergraduate research students, including REU Site student groups in the summers of 2002, 2003, 2006, 2010, and 2014.


Stephanie Vendetti is the events and outreach specialist for the Center for Science, Mathematics and Computer Education. She coordinates conferences, workshops, camps and other projects throughout the year administered by the CSMCE. Stephanie received her BFA from the University of South Carolina and MFA from RIT. Stephanie enjoys organizing and facilitating events that make an impact; this is her sixth year on the committee.


Dr. Alex Zupan is in his third year on the NCUWM Organizing Committee. His research is in geometry and topology. In particular, he studies 3- and 4-dimensional manifolds and the theory of knots in these dimensions. Before arriving at UNL, he earned his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa and held an NSF Postdoc position at the University of Texas at Austin. He has supervised undergraduate research projects at both UNL and UT.

Graduate Students

Eric Canton is a sixth year Ph.D. candidate at UNL working in algebraic geometry, advised by Dr. Wenliang Zhang (currently at UIC). Originally from western Pennsylvania, Eric graduated from Penn State with a B.S. in mathematics in 2012. Since moving to Nebraska, Eric fell in love with hiking, rock climbing, and camping in the western U.S. He also fell in love with his wife (a fellow math Ph.D. candidate at UNL) and his cat, and lives with both of them in Lincoln. This is his first year on the NCUWM committee.


Carolyn Mayer is a fifth year graduate student studying coding theory under Dr. Christine Kelley. Carolyn has an M.S. in mathematics from UNL and B.A. from Bowdoin College, where she majored in mathematics and physics and minored in English. She enjoys books, travel, and tea. This is her first year on the organizing committee for NCUWM.



Stephanie Prahl is a fifth year graduate student studying operator algebras under Dr. David Pitts. She graduated in 2013 from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a double major in mathematics and English literature. She spends most of her free time reading, cooking, biking, and knitting. This is her second year on the NCUWM organizing committee.


Ariel Setniker is currently a fifth year graduate student studying fractional calculus under Dr. Allan Peterson. On top of her thesis research, Ariel enjoys investigating mathematics curriculum and the impact it has on lesson planning and enactment, while also exploring industry with an internship at a software incubator company. As a former resident of the west coast, she enjoys everything outdoors, gardening and cooking. This is her third year serving on the NCUWM organizing committee.


Adam Volk is currently a second year graduate student at UNL. He earned his B.S. from the University of Dayton in 2016 with a major in mathematics and minor in computer science. Outside of math, he enjoys playing soccer, exercising, and playing video games. This is his first year on the NCUWM organizing committee.