Mount Mercy students attend largest math conference for undergraduate women in the nation

Jitka StehnovaStudents from Mount Mercy are attending the 14th annual Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics January 27 – 29, the largest math conference for undergraduate women in the nation.

Mount Mercy Assistant Professor of Mathematics Jitka Stehnova, Ph.D., will accompany the four students attending: senior Clara Camarillo, senior Sabine Kassis, junior Kayla McGrew, and senior Brittany Shanklin. Kassis and Shanklin will present a poster on their research based on "Modeling Print and Electronic Textbook Sales" at the conference, which they also presented at the fall 2011 Iowa Math Modeling Competition.

Plenary speakers for the conference include Ingrid Daubechies of Duke University and Sara Billey of University of Washington, Seattle. Conference participants are encouraged to network and share research they've completed in the mathematical science field.

Undergraduate students will also have the opportunity to learn about graduate programs and meet current graduate students studying mathematics at colleges and universities across the country. Stehnova estimated 400 undergraduate students were invited to the event.

Stehnova was inducted as a Project NExT (New Experiences in Teaching) fellow in 2010. This professional development program is designed for new or recent Ph.D.s in mathematical science, and is sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America and the Exxon Education Foundation.

Stehnova joined Mount Mercy's faculty in 2009, and holds her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Iowa.

The Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics is sponsored by National Science Foundation, National Security Agency, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, UNL Department of Mathematics, and UNL Center for Science, Mathematics & Computer Education. 

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