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Catherine McNulty     Ethan Xia     Katie Joy Zimmerman

Samantha Dean      Meet the 2014 Fellows     Corinne Clinch

Isaac Freedman     Melinda Jenner     Katilin Piper

   

Catherine McNulty

 

Catherine McNulty

Tulane University
Major: Neuroscience & Psychology
Minor: Spanish
Mentor: Christopher Keane, ScD

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ethan Xia

 

Suya (Ethan) Xia

University of Pittsburgh
Major: Bioengineering
Mentor: Gilles Clermont, MD


 

 

 

 

 

 

Katie Joy Zimmerman

 

Katie Joy Zimmerman

Auburn University
Major: Biomedical Science
Minor: Psychology
Mentor: Steve Albert, PhD

 

 

 

 

 

Samantha Dean

 

Samantha Dean

University of Pittsburgh
Major: Mathematical Biology
Minor: Chemistry

Mentor: Shawn Brown, PhD


 

 

 

 

Corinne Clinch

 

Corinne Clinch

Carnegie Mellon University
Major: Biomedical Engineering

Minor: Civil & Environmental Engineering
Mentor: Wilbert van Panhuis, MD, PhD

 

 

 

 

 

Isaac Freedman

 

Isaac Freedman

University of Pittsburgh
Major: Physics
Minor: Chemistry, Mathematics

Mentors: Hasan Guclu, PhD

 

 

 

 

 

Melinda Jener

 

Melinda Jenner

Arizona State University
Major: Computational Mathematics, Biology

Mentor: John Grefenstette, PhD

 

 

 

 

 

 

Katilin Piper

 

Kaitlin Piper

University of Pittsburgh
Major: Microbiology
Minor: Chemistry

Mentor: Supriya Kumar, PhD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meet the 2013 Fellows

Angela Beck     William Engler     Clayton Gordon

Evan Klei      Christine Lim      Victor Martinez-Cassmeyer

Margaret McDaniel     Elizabeth Mitgang     Hillary Mulder

Kennethea Wilson     Kelly Yang     Lifan Zhang

Angela Beck

 

Angela Beck

Unviersity of Pittsburgh
Major: Bioengineering
Minor: Chemistry
Mentor: Jagpreet Chhatwal, PhD

 

 

 

 

 

 

William Engler

 

William Engler

University of Pittsburgh
Major: Mathematics, Computer Science
Minor: Economics
Mentor: Eunha Shim, PhD


 

 

 

 

Clayton Gordon

 

Clayton Gordon

Johnson C Smith University
Major: Computer Engineering
Mentor: John Grefenstette, PhD

 

 

 

 

 

 

Evan Klei

 

Evan Klei

Rochester Institute of Technology
Major: Computer Science

Mentors: Shawn Brown, PhD and Maggie Potter, JD

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christine Lim

 

Christine Lim

University of Pittsburgh
Major: Psychology, Computer Science

Mentor: John Grefenstette, PhD


 

 

 

 

 

Victor Martinez-Cassmeyer

 

Victor Martinez-Cassmeyer

University of Missouri
Major: Biological Sciences
Minor: Anthropology

Mentor: Wilbert van Panhuis, MD, PhD

 

 

 

 

 

Margaret McDaniel

 

Margaret McDaniel

University of Tennessee Knoxville
Major: BCMB and Mathematics

Mentor: Eunha Shim, PhD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth Mitgang

 

Elizabeth Mitgang

University of Pittsburgh
Major: Urban Studies, International and Area Studies (global health focus)
Minor: Conceptual Foundations of Medicine Certificate

Mentor: Wilbert van Panhuis, MD, PhD

 

 

 

Hillary Mulder

 

Hillary Mulder

Colgate University
Major: Behavioral Neuroscience
Minor: Mathematical/Systems Biology

Mentor: Steve Albert, PhD

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kennethea Wilson

 

Kennethea Wilson

Mercyhurst College
Major: Public Health
Minor: Communications

Mentor: Steve Albert, PhD

 

 

 

 

 

Kelly Yang

 

Kelly Yang

Cornell University
Major: Human Development
Minor: Biology
Mentor: Steve Albert, PhD

 

 

 

 

 

Lifan Zhang

 

Lifan Zhang

Emory University
Major: Biology, Computer Science
Mentor: Wilbert van Panhuis, MD, PhD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arielle     Yoshiko      Cory

David      Meet the 2011 Fellows     Genevieve

John M     John O     Maariya

Raaka     Tanya     Catherine

Arielle

 

Arielle Juberg

University of Pittsburgh
Major: Political Science and Religious Studies
Mentor: Dr. Maggie Potter
Project: "Identifying Legal and Ethical Obstacles to Disaster Preparedness and Response through Qualitative Analysis"

 

More about Arielle's research

 

 

 

Catherine

 

Catherine Tarantine*

University of Rochester
Major: Epidemiology
Mentor: Dr. Maggie Potter
Project: "The Adaptive Response Metric"
*Student volunteer

 

 

 

 

 

Cory

 

Cory Rodgers

University of Pittsburgh
Major: Biology, Africana Studies, History & Philosophy of Science
Mentor: Dr. Eunha Shim
Project: "Cost-benefit Analysis of Pertussis Vaccination Among Health Care Personnel with Consideration of Provisional Recommendations by ACIP in 2011"

 

Update: Cory Rodgers Named 2012 Rhodes Scholarship Winner

 

 

David

 

David Rutkowski

University of Pittsburgh
Major: Chemical Engineering

Mentor: Dr. Shawn Brown
Project: "Effect of Dengue Catchup Campaign on Thailand’s Vaccine Supply Chain"
 

 

 

 

 

Genevieve

 

Genevieve Dobihal

University of Pittsburgh
Major: Microbiology
Minor: Chemistry, Religious Studies
Mentors: Drs. Roni Rosenfeld and Elodie Ghedin
Project: "Influenza Drug Resistance Mutagenesis"

 

More about Genevieve's research

 

 

 

John M

 

John McKay

University of Pittsburgh
Major: Mathematics and Africana Studies
Minor: Linguistics

Mentor: Dr. Bruce Lee
Project: "Size and Impact: Using an Agent Based Model to Find a Hospital’s Effect on a Network’s MRSA Prevalence"
 

 

 

 

John O

 

Ejebagom (John) Ojogbo

Fisk University
Major: Computer Science

Mentor: Dr. John Grefenstette
Project: "Designing and Implementing a Gravity Travel Algorithm"
 

 

 

 

 

 

Maariya

 

Maariya Bassa

University of Maryland
Major: Public Health and Women’s Health

Mentor: Dr. Steve Albert
Project: "Modeling the Effect of Herpes Simplex Virus-2 on the Spread of HIV in Washington, D.C."
 

 

 

 

 

Raaka

 

Raaka Kumbhakar

University of Pittsburgh
Major: History and Philosophy of Science
Minor: Chemistry, French
Mentor: Dr. Gilles Clermont
Project: "The Role of Modeling in Pandemic Response and Influenza A Virus Evolution"

 

 

 

 

Tanja

 

Tanya Disney

University of Pittsburgh
Major: Statistics

Mentor: Hasan Guclu, PhD
Project: "Overlaying Transmission Networks on Social Networks"
 

 

 

 

 

 

Yoshiko

 

Yoshiko Toyoda

Cornell University
Major: Biological Sciences and History

Mentor: Dr. Elodie Ghedin
Project: "Intra-Host Evolution of Influenza A Virus"
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Who is eligible to apply?

    Applications will be accepted from undergraduate students who are in good academic standing and are currently enrolled at a four year college or university. Women and underserved populations are encouraged to apply.

  2. How will applicants be selected?

    Applicants will be chosen through a Selection Committee. Several faculty members (from Pittsburgh MIDAS Community) along with the Education and Project Coordinators will review applications.

  3. What criteria will the Selection Committee use?

    Committee members base their recommendations on criteria stated below (note these criteria are not listed in order of importance): 
    • Applicant personal statement (to help us evaluate the student's motivation(s), personal fit for participation in our program)
    • Academic standing (grade point average) 
    • Academic transcript 
    • Applicant Resume/CV
    • Letters of Recommendation (2)

  4. What is the level of financial support awarded by MIDAS?

    A $4500 stipend will be provided to participants for the ten week program.

  5. What are the important dates for the program?

    Application Deadline: February 24, 2014

    Notification of Acceptance: March 27, 2014

    Program Duration: May 19 - July 25, 2014

  6. Is there any flexibility with start or end dates for the program?

    Yes, there is some flexibility in the start and/or end dates for the program. Please discuss individual requirements with the MIDAS Education and Outreach Coordinator.

  7. If I attend school outside of western Pennsylvania, can I still apply to the program?

    Yes. Applicants outside of western Pennsylvania can apply. Housing and travel will be provided as needed.

Amy Li     Amanda Moyer     Jack Paparian

Edward Pang      Meet the 2012 Fellows     Grace Baek

Sue Kulason     Kimberley Monks     Michael Backman

Suren Jayasuriya     Christian Hughes     Kathleen Marinan

Amy Li

 

Jiayue (Amy) Li

Carnegie Mellon University
Major: Computational Biology
Mentor: Roni Rosenfeld, PhD
Project: "Analysis of Antigenic Cartography Implementations"

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amanda

 

Amanda Moyer

Mount Holyoke College
Major: Neuroscience and Behavior
Minor: Mathematics
Mentor: Bruce Lee, MD
Project: "The Economic Impact of a Vaccine on Visceral Leishmaniasis in India"
 

 

 

 

Jack

 

Jack Paparian

Carnegie Mellon University
Major: Computer Science
Mentor: John Grefenstette, PhD
Project: "FRED Navigator"
 

 

 

 

 

 

Edward

 

Edward Pang

Johns Hopkins University
Major: Applied Mathematics and Statistics
Minor: Biology

Mentor: Eunha Shim, PhD
Project: "Mathematical Modeling of TB Transmission and The Impact of Various Interventions in Taiwan"
 

 

 

 

Grace

 

Grace Baek

Columbia University
Major: Biological Sciences

Mentor: Steve Albert, PhD
Project: "Modeling Quarantine Behavior, Intention and Effects on Influenza Infections: A Netlogo Model"
 

 

 

 

 

Sue

 

Sue Kulason

Johns Hopkins University
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Minor: Computer Integrated Surgery

Mentors: Elizabeth Bjerke, JD; Hasan Guclu, PhD
Project: "Epidemic Disease Spread in Weighted Social Networks"
 

 

 

 

 

Kimberley

 

Kimberley Monks

University of Southern California
Major: Biological Sciences, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Studies

Mentor: Steve Albert, PhD
Project: "Can Pharmacies and Advertisements Increase Vaccine Uptake? An Agent-Based Model Built in Netlogo"
 

 

 

 

Michael

 

Michael Backman

University of Pittsburgh
Major: Statistics
Minor: Mathematics, Economics

Mentor: Shawn Brown, PhD
Project: "Exploring the Benefits of Prioritization Policies for Multi-dose Vaccines During an Influenza Pandemic in Allegheny County"
 

 

 

Suren

 

Suren Jayasuriya

University of Pittsburgh
Major: Mathematics, Philosophy

Mentor: Jagpreet Chhatwal, PhD
Project: "Advances in Decision Analytic Modeling: Adjusted Cycle Lengths in Markov Models and Probabilistic Sensitivity Analysis"
 

 

 

 

 

Christian

 

Christian Hughes

University of Pittsburgh
Major: Statistics
Minor: Leadership

Mentor: Hasan Guclu, PhD
Project: "Spread of Disease in a Social Network with Subgroups"
 

 

 

 

 

Kathleen

 

Kathleen Marinan

University of Pittsburgh
Major: Bioinformatics

Mentor: Bruce Lee, MD
Project: "Assessing The Costs of a Test-and-Treat Strategy"
 

 

 

 

 

 

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