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22nd Annual Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics |

January 31-February 2, 2020

The 22nd Annual Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics (NCUWM) will be held January 31-February 2, 2020. Conference activities on Friday will occur on the university’s city campus and on Saturday and Sunday at the Embassy Suites Lincoln Downtown Hotel (1040 P Street, 402-474-1111), a short walk in downtown Lincoln. The Conference is open to outstanding undergraduate women, including trans women and non-binary women, mathematicians at all stages of their careers. Students will have the opportunity to meet other women who share their interest in the mathematical sciences, and those who already have done research will be given an opportunity to present their results.

NCUWM's overall goal is to arm participants with knowledge, self-confidence and a network of peers to help them become successful mathematicians. We do this by providing role models, insider knowledge and an opportunity to present original research. Our focus is to encourage and mentor undergraduate women to pursue graduate study in mathematics and seek mathematical careers. Conference participants also will have a chance to learn about life in graduate school from the perspective of current women graduate students representing math departments from across the country. Space is limited at the conference so individuals who identify as women, including trans women and non-binary women, are given priority.

Although we do not regard this conference as an appropriate venue for faculty representatives to recruit applicants for their graduate programs, we would like to encourage departments to contact us about sponsoring women graduate students from their programs at the conference.

Plenary Speakers

Dr. Margaret Cozzens

Dr. Margaret Cozzens

Margaret Cozzens, better known as Midge, is currently Distinguished Professor of Mathematics and Associate Director for Education at DIMACS, the Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science Center at Rutgers University. She has been engaged in education for over 50 years, from teaching high school math, to chair of Northeastern University’s Mathematics Department, to Division Director for ESIE at NSF, Provost at the University of Colorado Denver, and President of the Colorado Institute of Technology. She has led curriculum development projects in BioMath, Computational Thinking and Sustainability, and is the PI for the Computational Thinking Online Professional Development project and the Planning for a Sustainable Future project. She is the author of nearly 100 research publications including five books and four book chapters in areas of graph theory, biomath, cryptography, and math psychology.

Dr. Trachette L. Jackson

Dr. Trachette L. Jackson

Trachette L. Jackson is a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Michigan, who specializes in Computational Cancer Research or Mathematical Oncology. With an eye towards addressing critical challenges associated with cancer therapeutics, much of Dr. Jackson’s research is aimed at developing multiscale mathematical models that are designed to optimize the use of anticancer agents that specifically target active molecular pathways that cancer cells use to promote their growth and survival. Dr. Jackson is an award-winning educator and scholar who has been honored for her accomplishments in both areas. In 2003, she became the second African American woman to receive the prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Research Award in Mathematics; in 2005 she received the James S. McDonnell 21st Century Scientist Award; in 2008 Diverse Magazine honored her as one of the year’s Emerging Scholars. In 2010 she received the Blackwell-Tapia Prize, which biannually recognizes a mathematician for both their research achievements and for their contributions to addressing diversity in mathematics. Dr. Jackson has built her career on collaborative research and educational activities that cut across traditional disciplinary boundaries and envisions that this type of team science will eventually change the face of cancer research.

Invited Guests

Dr. Katie Benson Assistant Professor of Mathematics University of Wisconsin-Stout

Dr. Laura Escobar Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Statistics Washington University in St. Louis

Dr. Judith HillGroup Leader, Scientific Computing Group Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Dr. Erica KlampflManager of Supply Chain Analytics Global Data Insights & Analytics, Ford Motor Company

Dr. Evelyn Lamb Freelance writer

Amanda Ludes Data ScientistBerkshire Hathaway Homestate Companies

Dr. Swatee Naik Program Director National Science Foundation

Dr. Calandra Tate Moore Data Scientist U.S. Department of Defense

Simone Westermayer Operations Research Analyst Department of Homeland Security

Invited Graduate Students

Nicki Boardman Oklahoma State University

Angie Davenport Florida State University

Kathryn Mulholland University of Notre Dame

Anastasia Nathanson San Francisco State University

Matea Santiago University of California, Merced

Ana Wright University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Application, Selection and Policies

We thank you for your interest in attending NCUWM. Students interested in attending the 2020 conference must complete an application between October 1 and 8, 2019. Students who are listed in applications as co-authors must complete an application if they are interested in attending the 2020 conference. Please note that the registration fee is $50 per person, for both students and faculty, to be paid by students once they are notified of acceptance. Selection of participants will be done according to the following policies:

  1. Attendees must be at least of sophomore standing and 19 years of age at the time of the conference. Individual students are now limited to one conference attendance as a non-presenter and two attendances in total.
  2. Each home institution will be limited to a maximum of four participants.
  3. Abstracts will be read by the organizing committee, which will select 48 for talks and as many for posters as can be accommodated. Preference will be given to original research, loosely defined as work that includes some mathematical results obtained by the student, possibly with collaborators. Applicants whose abstracts are selected for either a talk or a poster are presenters; all other student applicants are non-presenters.
  4. Selection of abstracts will be done primarily on merit, except that each home institution will be limited to a maximum of three talks and a total of four presenters.
  5. Students chosen as presenters will be accepted to the conference, provided they complete their registration (by paying the registration fee) by the given deadline.
  6. Non-presenters will be selected by institution rather than individual. If an institution has more applicants than the number of slots it is given, the students’ advisor(s) will be asked to select the students to represent their school. Students will identify an advisor in the application. If more than one professor from an institution is identified, every person named as an advisor at that school by its students will get the same email saying how many spots the school has to allocate and naming the specific students who have applied. Once the organizing committee has been given the selected names, we will issue instructions for completing their registration to the selected students.
  7. The top priority in selection of non-presenters will be to accept at least one student from each home institution (with presenters included in the count).
  8. The second priority in selection of non-presenters will be to accept a second student (counting presenters) from each home institution.
  9. If there is still space available, additional non-presenters will be selected through a lottery, subject to policies 2 and 6.

All students should anticipate being notified of their status by the end of October.

These policies were crafted to fit a wide range of institutional situations, but nobody can anticipate all possibilities. If you believe that your situation is sufficiently unusual that it warrants special consideration, please have your faculty advisor contact Glenn Ledder, NCUWM Co-Chair, at


Statement of Appropriate Conduct at NCUWM

To provide all participants – undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, speakers, panelists, staff, and volunteers – the opportunity to benefit from the event, NCUWM is committed to providing a harassment-free environment for everyone, regardless of gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, ethnicity, religion, or other group identity.

NCUWM seeks to provide an opportunity for diverse participants to learn, network, and enjoy the company of colleagues in an environment of mutual human respect. We recognize a shared responsibility to create and hold that environment for the benefit of all. Some behaviors are, therefore, specifically prohibited:

  • Harassment or intimidation based on race, religion, language, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, appearance, or other group status.
  • Sexual harassment or intimidation, including unwelcome sexual attention, stalking (physical or virtual), or unsolicited physical contact.
  • Yelling at or threatening speakers (verbally or physically).

All participants are expected to observe these rules and behaviors in all conference venues, including social events. Participants asked to stop a hostile or harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. Conference participants seek to learn, network, and have fun. Please do so responsibly and with respect for the right of others to do likewise.

Please contact designated NCUWM staff (identified during the conference), or any member of the organizing committee whom you are comfortable with, if you believe you have been harassed or that a harassment problem exists. Any such reports will be investigated immediately and appropriate actions taken, but only if desired by the person who was harassed. Reports will ultimately be directed to the Title IX Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, which will determine and carry out the appropriate course of action, and may consult with and engage other UNL staff, leaders and legal counsel as appropriate.

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Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics
UNL Department of Mathematics
203 Avery Hall
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68588-0130
Phone: 402.472.9312
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