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Southern Oregon University

McNair Scholars

Michael Menefee is a sophomore at Southern Oregon University and is earning a bachelor of science degree in Financial Mathematics with a minor in Statistics. He anticipates completion of his undergraduate education and graduating with academic honors in June 2016.

Whether he is studying mathematics, philosophy or sociology, Michael is constantly trying to learn about the world we live in and thinks of mathematics as an important tool for doing so. Michael is interested in Applied Mathematics; he is passionate about gathering and analyzing data in order to develop and refine mathematical models. These models capture the dynamics within populations and can be used to predict future outcomes. Michael is particularly interested in using mathematics to model issues directly related to biology and sociology. His mathematical research interests include applied statistics, probability theory, statistical modeling, and stochastic processes.

Michael is a Diversity Scholar at SOU and is a member of the Mathematical Association of America, the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. He also participates in the SOU Black Student Union. Michael will be applying to PhD programs in Applied Mathematics or Statistics for Fall term 2016 entry. Michael looks forward to graduate school where he will be able to further engage in research and scientific inquiry. After completing graduate school, Michael wants to become a research and teaching faculty member and use his skills to analyze complex mathematical models.

McNair Faculty Mentor: Dr. Daniel Kim, Professor of Mathematics

Curriculum Vitae


SOU McNair Scholars Journal 2013

Article: A Methodological Analysis of Data Management and Techniques for Missing Data