Summer Fellow Megan Duke '14 published in mathematics journal
University senior Megan Duke has had the research findings she
produced as a part of the university’s Summer Fellows program published
in the highly regarded Rose-Hulman Undergraduate Math Journal.
A senior mathematics major from Weirton, West Virginia, Duke published an article titled A Non-geometric Switch Toggling Problem.
Her research focused on when and how any system of switches can be
transformed from one initial configuration to another configuration by
always changing a fixed number of switches in any one step. This is
important research in the context of genetic toggle switches and how
they can be used to predict the conditions necessary for gene
bi-stability in gene-regulatory networks such as E-coli or feline
Duke conducted her research as a part of the
university’s Summer Fellows program, which allows selected students to
work closely and intensively with the university’s faculty on specific
areas of research. That research project must be chosen for inclusion
in the program by the university’s vice president of academic affairs
and the university’s president. Professor of Mathematics Dr. Richard
Daquila worked with Duke on the research and also serves as her faculty
To be published in the Rose-Hulman Undergraduate Math Journal, articles must be submitted to a panel of referees and then selected by the publication’s editor-in-chief. The Journal is devoted entirely to papers written by undergraduates students on
topics related to mathematics. Although the authors need not be
undergraduates at the time of submission or publication, the work must
have been completed before graduation. The publication is sponsored by
the mathematics department at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.
In addition, Duke was invited to present her
findings at the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) fall meeting,
held at Cleveland State University. The MAA is the largest professional
society that focuses on mathematics at the undergraduate level. Its
members include university, college and high school teachers; graduate
and undergraduate students; pure and applied mathematicians; computer
scientists, statisticians and many others in academia, government,
business and industry. Duke’s presentation was one of only a few to be
given by an undergraduate student.
Duke will graduate from Muskingum in May with a
degree in mathematics and a teaching license. She plans to teach
mathematics and is also applying for a Woodrow Wilson National
Foundation Fellowship grant that would allow her to both teach and
attend graduate school.
IN THE PHOTO: Dr. Richard Daquila and Megan Duke.