Candice Marett Ward

Candice joined IDeA Labs as a freshman as part of the original cohort and published a paper on biological network reconstruction in August 2009. As an undergraduate, she was the recipient of various scholarships including the New Century Scholarship from the state of Utah, a BYU tuition scholarship, the Allred Scholarship, and an ORCA research grant. She graduated with her bachelor’s in mathematics in the summer of 2010 and went to work for the Journal of Financial Services Research at the University of Maryland and later for the Center for International Policy Exchanges. For two years she volunteered as a crew leader at Habitat for Humanity and on an active search and rescue team. After a brief hiatus to marry the love of her life and bring two beautiful children into the world, she is returning to Brigham Young University to work toward her PhD in computer science.

In 2018 Candice was awarded a Graduate Mentoring Assistantship, which is funding a collaboration with Dr. Warnick to improve the educational experience for women in computer science. She was also the recipient of the 2018 BluePay scholarship. Her research interests include systems and synthetic biology, model predictive control, and network reconstruction. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, eating exotic foods, and learning about Russian history and culture.