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Trojans Win Awards at MATHFest

Published date: October 30, 2018

Recently, students in the Virginia State University (VSU) Department of Mathematics and Economics along with their department chair, Cheryl Adeyemi, Ph.D., attended the National Association of Mathematicians Inc. 28th Undergraduate MATHfest at Spelman College in Atlanta. During this annual conference, students shared their research findings and competed for the title of “The Most Outstanding Presentations” via oral or poster presentations. VSU competed in the undergraduate and graduate presentations.

The winners were as follows:

  • Mikaili Abdullah, a Morehouse senior who worked on the 2018 VSU summer REU and DaLisa Nanelle Denham, a VSU sophomore and math minor, won first place with their poster/research titled “Chemovirotherapy”.
  • Joel Goddot, a VSU senior, won second place for his poster presentation titled “Uniform Stabilization of a Non Linear Fluid-Structure Interaction Model to a Non-Trivial Equilibrium”.
  • Graduate student Lydia Wheatfall received honorable mention for her presentation of a poster titled “Blueberries: Finding the Antioxidant with near Infrared Spectroscopy.” Additionally, she was awarded a travel grant to a future mathematics research conference 

The faculty adviser for the presentations was Yongjin Lu, Ph.D., who had worked with each of the students this past summer on their undergraduate research projects 

“The Department of Mathematics and Economics is extremely proud of the accomplishments of our students,” said Cheryl Adeyemi, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Mathematics and Economics. “Their awards for best presentations is yet another reminder that VSU is the best HBCU as well as a testimony to the fact that our students continue to benefit from the transformative experience they are receiving at the University.”

Other participating colleges and universities included Spelman, Prairie State College, Morehouse, Hampton University, Howard University Florida A&M University, North Carolina A&T State University and Xavier University.

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