NIMBioS REU’s Talk Cows and Hyenas at MBI Capstone Conference

From L to R: Monica Napoles, Brutus Buckeye, Jacob Lambert and Jocelyn Keung take a break at the MBI Capstone Conference

(From L to R): Monica Napoles, Jacob Lambert and Jocelyn Keung take a break with The Ohio State University’s mascot Brutus Buckeye at the MBI Capstone Conference.

Three 2013 NIMBioS REU students traveled to Columbus, Ohio last month to share their work in epidemiology and social network modeling at the Mathematical Biosciences Institute Undergraduate Research Capstone Conference. The conference drew REU students from across the country. Jacob Lambert from University of Tennessee presented a poster about his group project on modeling animal social network dynamics in hyenas. Jocelyn Keung from University of North Carolina and Monica Napoles from Humboldt State University presented a poster from their group project: an agent-based model of E. coli transmission in cattle.

Keung’s first academic conference, the experience helped her think about the most effective ways to present math biology research to an audience representing diverse backgrounds and math biology expertise. Keung said she particularly enjoyed networking with graduate school representatives at the event and  learning about the different ways that math and biology intersect.

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