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Tarleton math student wins award at national conference
James Pieskee James Peiskee

Tarleton State University

Thursday, August 18, 2011

LEXINGTON, Ky.—Tarleton student James D. Peiskee was presented with the 2011 Janet L. Andersen Award during the National MathFest hosted by the Mathematical Association of America, Aug. 4-6.

Peiskee, a Presidential Honors Program member and senior from New London, Texas majoring in mathematics, received the award for best student research presentation in the area of mathematical or computational biology. During the conference Peiskee presented his research paper titled “Optimal Control of the Spread of Cholera,” which was rated by a panel of judges to be the best at the 2011 MathFest. He also received a cash prize for his award-winning presentation.

Dr. Javier Garza, associate professor of mathematics, served as Peiskee’s faculty researcher. Fellow Presidential Honors Program student Amber Dayhare, a sophomore majoring in mathematics, also assisted Peiskee on the research project.

“I’m very proud of the work that James and Amber have done on the project to this point. The investigation into the spread and control of cholera is a priority in the world health community,” said Garza.

The Janet L. Andersen Award for Undergraduate Research in Mathematical or Computational Biology was established by the BIO SIGMAA special interest group in honor of the Hope College (Mich.) math professor who succumbed to cancer in November 2005.

After graduation this December, Peiskee plans to attend graduate school for pure mathematics.


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