Recently, Dr. Sarah Wolff accompanied Wyatt Ashby ’19, Madeline Boster ’18, Elizabeth Jaffy ’19, and Aixin Li ’18 to the Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics (NCUWM).
Wyatt shared her work on Dyck Paths that she conducted at an NSF REU. Maddie presented her research on fault tolerance autonomous systems that she conducted with Dr. Tom Bressoud. Aixin discussed her work with Dr. Michael Westmoreland on dual set logics. Despite being unsure what to expect from the weekend, it became evident that NCUWM’s worth surpasses just an opportunity to present research.
Graduate school was a main theme of the weekend. Many of the invited women are currently working toward PHDs or have already completed a program. Guests were from all stages of life. One of the highlights was hearing two women well into their careers in academia speak. Ami Radunskaya, a professor at Pomona College, and Brooke Shipley, a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, shared unique stories of their journeys towards teaching and working on fascinating projects. For example, after playing in the symphony for ten years, Dr. Radunskaya went through undergrad and grad school with a child. She now intertwines her passion for family, math, and music, while working with doctors on cancer treatments.