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Splash at Northwestern: March 2nd, 2024!

NU Splash Biography

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EMMA ZAJDELA, NU PhD Student in applied math

College: Northwestern University

Major: ESAM

Year of Graduation: 2023

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Emma Zajdela, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics at Northwestern University, is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Since 2015, Emma has served as Assistant to the President of the Malta Conferences Foundation, a non-profit organization that uses science for peace in the Middle East. After receiving her French science baccalaureate with highest honors in 2012 and completing a two-year intensive science and mathematics program at the College Stanislas in Paris, France, Emma pursued her undergraduate studies at Loyola University Chicago, receiving a Bachelors of Science cum laude in Mathematics, and in Theoretical Physics and Applied Mathematics, with a minor in international studies. In 2018, Emma received a Master of Science in Mathematics from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she was a recipient of the University of Illinois System President’s Research in Diversity Award. Passionate about bringing her love of mathematics to young people, especially women, Emma is active in outreach programs including the Association for Women in Mathematics’ Sonia Kovalesky Day, Northwestern’s Applied Math in Action, and the French “Maths en Jean.” A classically trained violinist, Emma received her yellow belt in judo in December 2018.

Past Classes

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M473: Mathematics of Poker in Splash 2019 (Apr. 06, 2019)
Let's say you're a poker genius: an expert at counting cards and remember the probability of every combination - then what? What is the best strategy you can use when playing poker? That's when math comes in - we'll be discussing how to model poker using game theory and figure out how to beat your opponents.