Congratulations to this year’s young recipients of the NIMBioS Prize for Research at the Interface of Mathematics and Biology, awarded at the regional Southern Appalachian Science & Engineering Fair.
Each year NIMBioS presents a junior and senior level award to two projects that focus on a biological question that uses mathematical methods to address.
The Junior Division prize went to Kasey Jordan Godwin of Jefferson Middle School for her project “Swim Like a Fish or a Butterfly.” Godwin studied the physiological response of swimmers to different swim strokes by measuring heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen saturation after the exercise, collecting careful and replicated data to support her conclusions.
Two Oak Ridge High School students share the Senior Division prize: James Michael Andress and Albert Joseph Toth. Andress and Toth’s project, “Creating a Higher Efficiency Machine Learning for the Development of Cancer Treatment Drugs,” devised a computational model for accurately and efficiently predicting second-site mutations that reactivate an important cancer-preventing protein.
NIMBioS graduate students Marco Martinez, Gwen Iacona, and Eric Numfor served as judges along with Kelly Sturner, Education & Outreach Coordinator and Suzanne Lenhart, Associate Director for Education & Outreach. The prize winners received certificates and cash awards.