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Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics

Organizing Committee

Faculty and Staff

Lindsay Augustyn

Lindsay is the Events Support Associate for the Center for Science, Mathematics and Computer Education, which assists with conference logistics. She assists with organizing conferences and workshops, and her duties center 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's of Journalism.

Dr. Allan Donsig

Dr. Donsig is co-chair of the organizing committee and has helped organize each NCUWM since the conference's inception. In addition, he is director of the 2011 IMMERSE summer program and is a co-PI on the Mentoring Through Critical Transition Points (MTCP) grant that supports both IMMERSE and NCUWM. His research area is operator algebras and operator theory, where he has supervised both undergraduate students and doctoral students.

He has been involved in organizing various conferences, including the2007 Great Plains Operator Theory Symposium , the 2001 Rowlee Lecture  given by Vaughan F.R. Jones, and a week-long Workshop at the Banff International Research Station  in 2003.

Dr. Brian Harbourne

Dr. Harbourne has been involved with the 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.

Dr. Christine Kelley

Dr. Kelley is an assistant professor and 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. Ledder does research in mathematical modeling in the physical and biological sciences, and 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. John Orr

Dr. Orr works in operator algebras and educational technology. He was an organizer of the Great Plains Operator Theory Symposium in 1994 and 2007, and of an AMS special session. His research programs have had nine years' support from NSF, including an NSF ASA grant on web-based student assessment. He is the creator of several nationally-distributed on-line assessment software products, including Maple T.A. He has advised several undergraduate research theses and is currently serving as Vice Chair of the department.

Dr. Judy Walker

Dr. Walker has been chair or co-chair of the organizing committee for most years of its existence and is serving as co-chair again this year. Her research in algebraic coding theory has been continuously supported by NSF since she earned her PhD in 1996, and she has been very active in encouraging girls and women to study mathematics. She is a co-founder of the ALL GIRLS/ALL MATH program, and she has also served as an elected member of the AWM Executive Committee and the AMS Council. She was the lecturer for the undergraduate portion of the IAS/PCMI Mentoring Program for Women in 1999 and was one of three lecturers at the 2007 Summer School in Coding Theory at the Sophus Lie Conference Center, Nordfjordeid, Norway. She is currently serving as MAA's Polya Lecturer for 2009-2011. Dr. Walker is the Graduate Chair for the UNL Department of Mathematics and is a co-PI on the department's second Mentoring through Critical Transition Points grant from the National Science Foundation.

Graduate and Undergraduate Students

Amy Been

Amy is an undergraduate sophomore 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 new sorority, Theta Phi Alpha. She loves playing tennis, reading, and, of course, having fun with math! Last summer she attended the Summer Math Program for Women at Carleton College. Amy is very excited to begin her first year of work on the NCUWM committee!

Amanda Croll

Amanda is a fourth year graduate student in the Mathematics PhD program studying commutative algebra. Attending conferences such as NCUWM and summer programs, particularly the Summer Mathematics Program for women at Carleton College, were instrumental in her decision to go to graduate school. This is Amanda's first year on the NCUWM committee, and she is excited to have this opportunity!

Tiffany Forycki

Tiffany is an undergraduate senior majoring in secondary math education. She is active in her sorority, Kappa Delta, as well as the Women's Undergraduate Math Network, and Pi Mu Epsilon. She hopes to become a high school math teacher in Lincoln. This is her third year on the NCUWM committee and has stuck with it because she believes it is a great event that allows women to explore their opportunities in math.

Joe Geisbauer

Joe is a fourth year graduate student at UNL studying the regularity of solutions to partial differential equations. He has been a graduate student mentor for the Nebraska REU in Applied Mathematics and the I.M.M.E.R.S.E. program here at UNL. This will be Joe's second year on the committee. He thoroughly enjoys the conference and is glad to have the opportunity to be a part of it once again!

Katie Haymaker

Katie is a third year graduate student in the Mathematics PhD program at UNL, where she is studying coding theory. She received her bachelor's degree from Bryn Mawr College in 2007. She has attended NCUWM for the past two years to provide technical support; this is her first year on the Organizing Committee.