Emma Talis wins prestigious REU grant


Emma Talis (right) with other REU grant recipients at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Last year sophomore honors student Emma Talis was awarded a prestigious Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU), a program funded by the National Science Foundation. The grant provided her with funding to work on applied mathematics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln last summer. 

Talis spent eight weeks the the University of Nebraska-Lincoln working on her research project alongside four other undergraduates and two faculty members. While in Nebraska Talis analyzed the effect of prey dispersal in a predator-prey model. Talis' research has practical implications for the survival of species, as well as for those conditions that potentially produce equilibrium in a habitat. 

"Dr. Matthew Glomski encouraged me to apply to multiple REU programs. I was surprised and ecstatic when I got into the program, since these opportunities are reserved only for upperclassmen," Talis explained. "I’m grateful that they took a chance on a student who had only finished her freshman year. I am also extremely grateful to Dr. Glomski who pushed me in my advanced coursework and convinced me to apply to the REU. I could not have asked for a more rewarding summer experience!"

In fall 2014 Talis presented her research to the honors students as part of the first Honors Research Forum.