Student selected to attend prestigious national conference

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Posted: May 7, 2010

Cameron Olson
Cameron Olson
UH Mānoa graduating senior Cameron Olson is one of nine undergraduate students from across the nation to receive a 2010 National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis/National Science Foundation Undergraduate Biology and Mathematics Program (NIMBioS/UBM) award to attend a national conference on quantitative biology undergraduate education from May 21-22 in Washington, DC.
Olson will attend the Beyond BIO2010 Celebrations and Opportunities Symposium, which focuses on initiatives underway at the nation’s colleges and universities to transform the way biology is taught at the undergraduate level. The award covers transportation to and from the conference where Olson will present his research. The mathematics major was also selected to give a presentation at the National Academy of Sciences.
"Participating in the UBM program at UH Mānoa has been one of my best experiences and I look forward to talking about our research results in Washington, DC,” noted Olson. 

All of the winners are students majoring in math, biology or related fields who conduct research as participants in the National Science Foundation’s UBM program, an interdisciplinary research and training program for undergraduates in mathematical biology.
Said Les Wilson, chair of UH Mānoa’s undergraduate biology and mathematics research program, “Cameron Olson is a very talented young man. He is a mathematics student who teamed with biology student Orion Rivers to study the formation of patterns in biological organisms, under the mentorship of UH Mānoa professors Sean Callahan and John Allen.  I am very pleased that he was awarded the honor or presenting their results at the National Academy of Sciences.” 

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