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Natural and Computational Sciences Graduate Program Open House

On Saturday, November 8th, Marquette University will hold an open house for students interested in pursuing graduate study in the Natural or Computational Sciences.

The Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science’s graduate programs in Bioinformatics, Computing and Computational Sciences will be participating in this open house, with faculty and students available to meet with prospective students.

Our Master’s in Bioinformatics is a joint program between Marquette University and The Medical College of Wisconsin. Mathematics, computer science, and web technologies have revolutionized biological research; our Bioinformatics program is geared toward furthering that revolution with instruction on creating computing applications for biological sciences.

Our Computing program is a professional Master’s degree that spans the study of computer science, computer engineering, software engineering, information technology and information systems. This program is designed to enhance the computing skill set of current practitioners as well as students interested in moving into the computing field. Online course offerings via distance learning enhance the program flexibility for busy professionals and enable students outside the metro area to earn their MS degree.

Our Master’s and Ph.D. programs in Computational Sciences are designed to equip graduates with a distinctive blend of theoretical and computational skills for: Employment in industry, research laboratories and institutions of higher education. A distinctive feature of our program is that all core aspects of a student’s program of study are undertaken within our one interdisciplinary department. While the bulk of their coursework will be undertaken in this department, their research topics may range across a broad spectrum of disciplines.

We would be pleased to have prospective students attend the open house, which will run from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. CST with lunch provided. They may register at If you have any questions about the program or the open house, please feel free to contact us at 414.288.7573.

In addition to the Bioinformatics, Computing and Computational Sciences graduate programs, the open house will feature representatives from graduate programs in Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Neurosciences.

MSCS faculty receive $844,000 NSF grant to launch computer science curriculum in Wisconsin high schools

Marquette University is the lead recipient of a $1 million, 3-year collaboration to head an ambitious roll out of a new 9th and 10th grade introductory computer science course in school districts across Wisconsin. Drs. Dennis Brylow and Marta Magiera, fellow grant collaborators, are partnering on the project with UW-La Crosse, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and the Wisconsin-Dairyland chapter of the Computer Science Teacher Association.

Computational Sciences student participates in 2014 conference

Adam Mallen, a Computational Sciences doctoral student, participated in the SIAM Uncertainty Quantification 2014 conference in Savannah, GA from March 31-April 3.  Adam co-organized a mini-symposium session entitled Data Assimilation in Atmospheric and Oceanographic Processes with Laura Slivinski of Brown University.  Adam also gave a research presentation entitled "Assimililation of Ocean Glider Data in a 3-D Flow Model" during the mini-symposium.  Adam received complimentary registration and a SIAM conference student travel award to partially defray travel expenses.

Students return from Summer Research Fellowships at the FDA

Mohammad Adibuzzaman and Casey O'Brien, doctoral students in Computational Sciences, were ORISE Fellows in the summer of 2014 at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education. Both appointments were in the Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories of the Center for Devices and Radiologic Health (CDRH). Mr. Adibuzzaman served in Division of Physics studying algorithms for use in Smart Physiological Monitors, while Mr. O'Brien was in the Division of Biology, Chemistry and Material Science creating a mathematical model of the cleanability of medical devices. CDRH is responsible for ensuring the safety and effectiveness of medical devices and eliminating unnecessary human exposure to harmful materials from medical, occupational and consumer products.

Mr. Adibuzzaman was continuing his research from the summer of 2013 when he was also an ORISE Fellow. Also in 2013, Prachi Pradeep, another Computational Sciences doctoral student, was an ORISE Fellow in the Division of Biology studying computational toxicology.


Meryem Muge Karaman receives Magna Cum Laude Merit Award from ISMRM

Meryem Muge Karaman, a computational sciences doctoral student, received an International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) Magna Cum Laude Merit Award for her abstract entitled, "Incorporation of Gray Matter T1 and T2* Improves Brain Activation Statistics in FMRI." A magna cum laude award is presented to ISMRM student members whose abstract score is in the top 15% of their category. The research was presented at the Society's 2013 annual meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Department Hosts First Meeting of Wisconsin-Dairyland Computer Science Teachers Association Chapter

On Saturday, February 16, 2013, MSCS hosted the first meeting of the newly-formed Wisconsin-Dairyland chapter of the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA). Twenty certified teachers and administrators interested in K-12 computing education attended the one-day mini-workshop. Individuals from the Chicago CTSA chapter and University of Illinois-Chicago lead a professional development session for the Exploring Computer Science curriculum. The mini-workshop was supported in part by a gift from Google.

Daniel B. Rowe to Co-Chair Research Triangle Connectivity Analysis Working Group

Daniel B. Rowe, Associate Professor, will co-chair the June 2013 Connectivity Analysis working group during the Neuroimage Data Analysis summer program at SAMSI in Research Triangle Park. The Connectivity Analysis working group will bring together researchers from the neuroimaging, mathematical, and statistical communities to examine neuroimaging data analysis approaches and their limitations. The working group will examine cutting-edge research questions as well as investigate new mathematical and statistical methods to answer those questions.



Summer 2013 Research Experience

The Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science hosted the NSF-funded Summer 2013 Research Experience (REU) for Undergraduates. This program provides U.S. undergraduates with an intensive, faculty-mentored, summer research experience in the areas of applied mathematics, high-performance computing, statistics, ubiquitous systems and mathematics education. Learn more