Social Sciences and Humanities

Antionette Fowlkes, Community and Regional Planning (Dr. Ted Grevstad-Nordbrock

"Gentrifying the Magic City:  A spatial analysis of Birmingham, Al from 1980-2010"

Biological Sciences

Hannah Piper, Biochemistry (Dr. Baoyu Chen)

"Biochemical feconstitution of the WASH Complex:  A central actin regulator in endosome frafficking"

Mathematics and Physical Sciences

Pratyush Mishra, Chemical Engineering (Dr. Kurt Hebert)

"Coupled stress and ionic migration driven flow instability mechanism for formation of self-ordered porous anodic alumninum oxide"



Maria Perez, Kinesiology (Dr. Laura Ellingson-Sayen)

"Effects of physical activity trackers and motivational interviewing on mood in chronic low back pain"

Luncheon Speaker

Dr. Maria L. Joseph-King is a Principal Statistician at General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) where she leads a team of six in using health care data to provide data-driven solutions. Maria enjoys using technical, logical, and critical thinking skills to discover stories hidden in big data. She has been recognized as a 2017 BEYA Science Spectrum Trailblazer, and 2016 & 2018 Distinguished Performance by GDIT. Maria also serves on the Board of Directors of Jewels Academy, a non-profit organization that provides unique and challenging learning experiences in STEM for young girls in the Des Moines metropolitan area. Maria earned a Doctorate of Philosophy in Statistics from Iowa State University, where she was co-advised by Dr. Alicia Carriquiry and Dr. Wayne Fuller. She has also earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Kentucky State University. Maria enjoys teaching, mentoring, serving her community, and spending time with her husband (Keith) and daughter (Lucille).