Published: May 20, 2024 By

Heather CihakSpring Applied Mathematics Ph.D. graduate Dr. Heather Lynn Cihak recently received the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Student Paper Prize. This prestigious award is given to authors of the best papers published in SIAM journals and includes a monetary prize, a certificate, and a special paper session at the SIAM Annual Meeting. According to SIAM, the award is presented annually to "the student author(s) of the most outstanding paper(s) accepted by SIAM journals within the three years preceding the nomination deadline. The award is based solely on the merit and content of the student's contribution to the submitted paper."

Dr. Cihak was nominated by Applied Mathematics Associate Professor Kilpatrick for their paper "Multiscale Motion and Deformation of Bumps in Stochastic Neural Fields with Dynamic Connectivity" (Multiscale Modeling & Simulation, 2024). Dr. Cihak was one of three recipients of the award and will be honored at the 2024 SIAM Annual Meeting in Spokane, Washington, from July 8-12, with a special session for the prize winners on July 12.

The Applied Mathematics Department congratulates Dr. Cihak on this monumental achievement and is excited to see what the future holds for the new APPM doctoral graduate.