Student Research

Many of our math and computer science majors complete research projects with our faculty.  Below are some of our recent undergraduate research posters, presentations, and publications.    

Spring 2020

Congratulations to this year's Virtual Undergraduate Research & Scholarship Symposium Award Winners!

Lindsay Moskal (freshman) and Lauren Sines (sophomore)

Moskal Sines poster

Congratulations to undergraduates Lindsay Moskal and Lauren Sines for winning two awards in this year's URSS competition for their work in MATH 317 Math Modeling. Lindsay and Lauren used mathematical modeling to investigate the impact of fentanyl and Narcan on the opioid epidemic in Allegheny County. They won the Office of Research 1st Place Paper Award Modeling the Effects of Fentanyl and Narcan on the Opioid Epidemic in Allegheny County Using Mathematics and CETR Award for Undergraduate Research. Research advised by Dr. Rachael Neilan.

Gabrielle Majetic (senior)

Majetic poster

Congratulations to undergraduate Gabrielle Majetic for winning the Office of Research 1st Place Outstanding Poster Award in this year's URSS competition. Gabbie’s poster summarizes her research project in computational neuroscience advised by Dr. Rachael Neilan (Math) and Dr. Ben Kolber (Biology).

Ryan Cecil (senior)

Ryan Cecil, Mathematics major, participated in the URSS Virtual 2020 Video Competition.  The individual video below provides an introduction to the field of image processing in which Dr. Levine and Ryan work on a partial differential equation based deep learning model for geometric image data, "PDE Based Deep Learning for Geometric Image Data." Ryan's research is advised by Dr. Stacey Levine.  

Fall 2019

Clarisse Ilibagiza Umulisa (sophomore)

Clarisse presenting at DHCS 2019

Clarisse Ilibagiza Umulisa, sophomore Computer Science major, presented her research, "Author Profiling, The Writing Style of Rwandans" at The Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science (DHCS). Clarisse’s research is advised by Dr. Patrick Juola, Professor in Computer Science.

David Berdik (senior)

David with poster at DHCS 2019

David Berdik, senior Computer Science major, presented his research poster, "Using Authorship Attribution to Detect Consistencies in Obfuscation Attempts" at The Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science (DHCS). David’s research is advised by Dr. Patrick Juola, Professor in Computer Science.

Gabrielle (Gabbie) Majetic (senior)

Gabbie at BME meeting Philly

Gabbie Majetic, senior BioMedical Engineering major, presented her research in computational neuroscience at the 2019 BioMedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting in Philadelphia over the weekend. Gabbie’s research is advised by Dr. Rachael Neilan, Associate Professor in Mathematics.

Summer 2019 Student Awards

Summer 2019: Ryan Cecil - MAA Outstanding Presentation Award

Student Ryan Cecil at MathFest 2019

Ryan Cecil, Mathematics major, presented his research with Dr. Stacey Levine this summer on PDE Based Deep Learning for Geometric Image Data at MathFest 2019 in Cincinnati, OH. Congratulations to Ryan, recipient of an MAA Outstanding Presentation Award! Group photo courtesy of Deveney Brown, Communities Coordinator, MAA. math/computer science students at MathFest 2019

Summer 2019 Undergraduate Research Symposium

Gabrielle (Gabbie) Majetic (senior)

URSS Picture

"An Agent-Based Model of Pain-Related Neural Activity in
the Right Amygdala"

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Rachael Neilan

Gabbie is a Biomedical Engineering Major

Ryan Cecil (junior)

URSS Picture

"PDE Based Deep Learning for Geometric Image Data"

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Stacey Levine

Ryan is a Mathematics Major and Computer Science Minor

Spring 2019 Student Awards

Spring 2019: Andrea Sajewski - Recipient of a 2019 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

URSS Picture

Andrea Sajewski, joint Mathematics and Biomedical Engineering major, is the recipient of a 2019 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF). This impressive young lady will attend the University of Pittsburgh in the fall pursing her Ph.D. in Bioengineering. CONGRATS Andrea!

 

Spring 2019 Undergraduate Research and Scholorship Symposium

Andrea Sajewski (senior)

URSS Picture

Recipient - Office of the Provost Award for Best Oral Presentation

"Quantifying Iron Overload using MRI, Active Contours, and Convolutional Neural Networks "

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Stacey Levine

Andrea is a double major in Biomedical Engineering and Mathematics

Ryan Cecil (sophomore)

URSS Picture

"Calculus of Variations Based Deep Learning for Image Processing"

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Stacey Levine

Ryan is a Mathematics Major

David Berdik (senior)

URSS Picture

"Analyzing the Effectiveness of Using Character n-grams to Perform Authorship Attribution in the English Language"

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Patrick Juola

David is a Computer Science Major

Andrew Burns (junior)

"The effect of punctuation formatting on authorship attribution of formal writings "

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Patrick Juola

David is a Computer Science Major

Jonathan Kamis (sophomore)

URSS Picture

"Deep Learning for Image Curvature Data"

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Stacey Levine

Jonathan is a Computer Science Major

Andrea Sajewski (senior)

URSS Picture

"Quantifying Iron Overload using MRI, Active Contours, and Convolutional Neural Networks"

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Stacey Levine

Andrea is a double major in Biomedical Engineering and Mathematics

Spring 2019 Undergraduate Research 

Spring 2019: Joshua Baktay - Lead author of peer-reviewed publication

Picture of Josh Baktay

Undergraduate math and physics major Joshua Baktay is the lead author of a peer-reviewed publication in SPORA: A Journal of Biomathematics. In this paper, Joshua and his co-authors present a computational model of neural activity in the amygdala during pain. This work was completed under the advisement of Dr. Rachael Neilan (Math) and Dr. Ben Kolber (Biology). The publication is available online for open access. Great job, Joshua!