The research for this paper was completed in a summer REU program at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. As a chemistry major with math and biology minors, I have always been intrigued by the interplay between mathematics and the life sciences. This problem appealed to me for its interdisciplinary nature. For me, this project truly demonstrated the relevance of mathematics in the biological sciences. As a senior at Midland Lutheran College I have plans to attend graduate school in the area of Environmental Health and Toxicology. I am especially interested in the health effects of exposure to environmental contaminants on various biological systems. I intend to incorporate mathematics into my graduate studies and research.
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