Victoria Kelley is a second-year student at JMU. She is majoring in Mathematics with a minor in British Communication and Media. Vicky is interested in linearly analyzing the effects of small perturbations made to straight rods of stable states with a known twist and force to better understand worm locomotion. She is very excited to be member of the Wiggling Organisms Research and Modeling (WORM) Lab.
Katie Sipesis planning to graduate with a BS in Biology and Mathematics in 2016. Since joining the WORM Research Team, Katie's desire for mathematics in her profession has grown and wants to stay in academia as a mathematical research biologist. In the WORM Lab, Katie is studing the swimming velocity of the worms in different physical environments. Katie enjoys Marine Biology and Ecology and hopes to study more of those topics as her research broadens.
Jeff Kopsick joined James Madison University in Fall 2012 and the WORM Lab in Spring 2013. As a third year, he is a biology major and math minor planning on attending graduate school for biophysics and physiology. His research interests currently include how the swimming and locomotory gait of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans is affected by utilization of 3D modeling.
Brock Crook joined the JMU WORM Lab in September 2013. As a third year student, he plans to graduate with a BS in both Physics and Mathematics with minor in Robotics in 2015. Brock plans on attending graduate school after his study at James Madison University for either Electrical Engineering or Computational Physics/Mathematics.
Jonathan Gutierrez is a rising senior attending St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas. He is dual majorning in Math and Physics and is currently working for Dr. Strawbridge in the JMU Math REU Program. His research is focused on the modeling C. elegans, their locomotion in salt water, and the effects of undulations on the surrounding fluids and particles using the Stokes equation.
Megan Sorenson is a rising senior at Concordia University Irvine, originally from Boise, Idaho. She is working on a project for the summer of 2014 at JMU with Dr. Strawbridge modeling the wiggling motion of C. elegans as they swim in salt water and looking at the effects of these movements on the fluid flow and mechanics using the Stokes equation.
FORMER UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS
Bailey Steinworth joined the University of Chicago in Fall 2009 with plans to major in physics or the biological sciences. In addition to mathematical modeling research, she is participating in laboratory research on meiotic recombination in yeast.
Scott Lee joined the University of Chicago in the fall of 2010, double-majoring in mathematics and economics and is interested in pursuing graduate studies in economics. He also enjoys studying philosophy and sociology. His research interests involved the economic and logistical aspects of vaccination; which methods of vaccination are most cost effective and what is the significance of cost-effectiveness?
Yuhui (Dale) Wang joined the University of Chicago in Fall 2009, majoring in Chemistry and Biochemistry. He is interested in applied math, immunology research as well as in organic synthesis and plans on attending graduate school after leaving Chicago.