10th Annual Choose Ohio First Success in Mathematics Conference
On April 15th, over 300 Choose Ohio First Success in Mathematics Scholars convened in Youngstown for the 10th Annual Research Poster Conference presented by Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University, Cuyahoga Community College, Kent State University, and Youngstown State University.
CSU was represented by 93 Scholars who presented 25 out of 106 total posters and won 3 of the top 20 prizes, two in "Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science" category and one in the "Engineering and Technology" category:
- Anthony Campagna (Mathematics), Hayden Ferencz (Computer Science), and Shadi Zogheib (dual major Electrical and Computer Engineering), “Evaluating Computer Processing Efficiency Through Square Matrix Decryption”
- Alex Johnson (dual major Environmental Sciences and Biology), Sho Tanaka (Mechanical Engineering), Jemima Ukwela (Health Sciences, pre-Occupational Therapy), and Alexa Roberts (Chemical Engineering), “Modeling Temporal Variations in Escherichia coli at Villa Angela Beach in Cleveland, Ohio”
- Alexander Thornton (Computer Science), Chase Petti (Mechanical Engineering), Andrew Leeseberg (Computer Science), and Jalen McKinnie (Electrical Engineering), “The Reduction of Motion Sickness in VR (Virtual Reality) Applications”
There were also many very fine posters that were not on the shortlist of award winners. Kudos to Success in Mathematics advisor Dr. Kiril Streletzky, coordinator Kara D’Angelos, and graduate assistant Kendra Helfrich for orchestrating CSU participation, and to the many faculty who advised the CSU Scholars.
The Choose Ohio First Scholarship Program is a state-funded program aimed at graduating more students in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM). Choose Ohio First scholars are provided various forms of support and enrichment as they work towards completing their undergraduate degree. A faculty advisor is assigned to lead each cohort and will serve as a mentor for scholars. Engagement offerings vary by track, but may include advising, tutoring, peer mentoring, support for undergraduate research, and exposure to community service opportunities. There are also social activities to strengthen the cohort connection.