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December 16, 2021
In his early 20s, Cory Mccullough battled addiction and stole to support his habits. The Dos Palos native spent several stints in prison as early as 2011 for commercial burglary. Education was the last thing on his mind. Now, the former inmate finds himself in the joint again, this time not behind...
August 29, 2021
Welcome New Cohort 2021! (top row) Hardeep Bassi, Irabiel Romero, Matthew Blomquist (bottom row) Morgan Lavenstein Bendall, Mohammed Aburidi, Yu Lu, Zihan Xu
August 24, 2021
More than a few students have probably asked themselves why they have to take calculus — the course is notoriously difficult for some. “People haven’t been taught math the way it should be,” Department of Applied Mathematics Professor Mayya Tokman said. “Math is practical. It’s there to solve...
August 10, 2021
The University of California Office of the President awarded three out of only seven UC-Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Initiative grants to UC Merced faculty members. The initiative has fostered faculty partnerships with HBCUs to support enhanced diversity and representation of...
July 27, 2021
Matea Santiago won the AWM-SIAM Poster Prize at SIAM AN21. Congratulations! Please check out her award-winning poster here. Title: Pulsing and Photosynthesis: Numerical Simulations of Soft Corals Abstract: Corals in the family Xeniidae actively pulse their tentacles. It is hypothesized...
July 26, 2021
Our Ph.D. student, Matea Santiago (adviser: Prof. Shilpa Khatri), has successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled "Numerical Methods for Modeling the Fluid Flow of Pulsing Soft Corals and the Photosynthesis of their Symbiotic Algae". Congratulations, Dr. Santiago!
July 20, 2021
Postdoctoral Scholar Mikahl Banwarth-Kuhn was awarded a $205,140 National Institutes of Health Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Individual National Research Service Award (NIH-F32) to be distributed over three years. The purpose of the fellowship is to enhance the research training of postdoctoral...
July 12, 2021
Our Ph.D. student, Fabian Santiago (adviser: Prof. Suzanne Sindi), has successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled "Mathematical Investigations of Heritable Microbial Phenotypes". Congratulations, Dr. Santiago!
May 10, 2021
Our Ph.D. student, Alex Quijano (adviser: Prof. Suzanne Sindi), has successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled "Mathematical Models of Natural Language Evolution". Congratulations, Dr. Quijano!
May 7, 2021
Applied Mathematics graduate student Shayna Bennett won first place at the University of California’s Grad Slam finals today (May 7). Bennett presented her dissertation research, “A New Tool to Fight Invasive Species,” in just three minutes and won $7,000 and the systemwide trophy — known as the...

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