Biomathematics Students Win Awards for Presentations at Research Conference

four college students holding up certificates of achievement
(l-r) Casey Middleton, Erin Deery, Jordan Ankersen, Cailey Kesselring

Biomathematics seniors Casey Middleton, Erin Deery, Jordan Ankersen, and Cailey Kesselring—mentored by Professor Erin Bodine—won awards at the Symposium on Biomathematics and Ecology Education and Research Conference held Oct. 6-8 at Illinois State University. 

The conference had its first undergraduate research competition, and Rhodes students won two of the three awards. They were judged on both their poster presentations and a manuscript submitted to the journal SPORA.

Rhodes College winning presentations include:

  • “The Potential Impact of Using Vaccination and Insect Repellent to Control the Spread of Yellow Fever” by Erin Deery and Casey Middleton (both biomathematics majors)
  • “Modeling the Effects of Water Treatment and Removal in Controlling Yellow Fever” by Jordan Ankersen (mathematics and physics double major) and Cailey Kesselring (mathematics major)

“Rhodes College is gaining notoriety within the biomathematics community as an institution where faculty-undergraduate collaborations are regularly producing quality biomathematics research,” says Professor Chris Seaton, chair of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. 

The field of biomathematics, sometimes called mathematical or theoretical biology, is an interdisciplinary field of scientific research that aims to address questions which arise from biological systems using appropriate mathematical and computational theory. Learn more.