STEM students present at Infinite Possibilities Conference

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Lewis University STEM students present at Infinite Possibilities Conference

Published: April 2, 2015.

Three Lewis University Computer and Mathematical Sciences students recently presented a poster at the Infinite Possibilities Conference in Portland, Ore.

The students - Melanie Harrison of Tinley Park, Betsy Langland of Downers Grove, and Nicole Ware of Peotone - presented their work entitled “Linear Regression and the Sum of Squares in Matlab” at the conference, which focused on innovative work done by women and minorities in the mathematical sciences. The work they presented at the Infinite Possibilities Conferences demonstrated how the theory of linear regression could be applied to evaluate the sum of squares using the computer programming language Matlab.

“This is precisely the kind of applied mathematical study mathematicians and computer scientists at Lewis University can do,” commented Dr. Ray Klump, chair and professor of Lewis University Computer and Mathematical Sciences.

He added, “Melanie, Betsy, and Nicole are among the department’s best and brightest. They have benefited from this natural mingling of the two fields at Lewis University.”

Harrison is double-majoring in Mathematics and Computer Science, Langland in majoring in Mathematics and minoring in Computer Science, and Ware is majoring in Mathematics. The students’ attendance was funded by a scholarship they won because of their academic accomplishments.

Lewis University’s Mathematics and Computer Science programs are offered through the same department, which gives students a lot of flexibility in what they study when it comes to the two complementary fields. Some choose to take a more theoretical approach to mathematics, while others prefer to explore mathematics in terms of its application to interdisciplinary problems, which often calls for combining mathematical theory with code and algorithms created by computer scientists. Others choose to study cyber security, which depends quite directly on encryption and authentication algorithms created by algebraists.

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,700 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit for further information.

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