2015 Undergraduate Research Program

(June 8 - August 14, 2015)

The goal of this MBI NSF-funded program is to introduce students to exciting new areas of mathematical biology, to involve them in collaborative research with their peers and faculty mentors, and to increase their interest in mathematical biology. The program consists of three parts - each including a mix of educational and social experiences:

  • One-week introduction (June 8-12, 2015): A one-week introduciton to the summer research experience with tutorials, lab tours, and computer labs on mathematical biosciences topics.

  • REU Program (June 15 - August 7, 2015): An 8 week individualized research experience as part of a research team at one of the participating host institutions preceded by a one-week introduction at the MBI.

  • Capstone Conference (August 10-14, 2015): A student centered conference featuring talks and posters by students doing research in mathematical biology, keynotes by prominent mathematical biologists, a graduate studies recruitment fair, and other special features including a conference dinner and social event. 
Applications submitted by July 22nd, 2015 will receive full consideration.

REU Program

The on-line registration form will require:

  • Two letters of reference
  • A ranked list of three projects that you want to participate in
  • A statement indicating your reasons for wanting to participate in this program

Students accepted into the full summer-long research program will receive room and board and they will be paid a $5000 stipend in three increments:

  • $1000 following the One-Week Introduction (June 8-12, 2015)
  • $3000 during the REU Program (June 15-August 7, 2015)
  • $1000 following the Capstone Conference (August 10-14, 2015)
In addition, students can be reimbursed up to $600 for related travel expenses.  Due to NSF funding restrictions, eligibility for the REU program is limited to undergraduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.


REU Projects

Arizona State University

  • Patient-based models to estimate treatment outcome in prostatic cancer patients - Yang Kuang and Fabio Milner
  • Modeling mouse glioma - Eric Kostelich

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

  • A Bacterial Serengeti - Steve Presse
  • Respiratory-sympathetic coupling in neurogenic hypertension - Yaroslav Molkov

Penn State Univeristy

  • Evaluating vaccination strategies leading to herd immunity in models of disease dynamics with application to measles - John Fricks
  • Non-stationary models for estimating evolutionary relationships - Dennis Pearl

The Ohio State University

  • Statistical shape analysis - Sebastian Kurtek
  • Modeling afferents of central pattern generators - Janet Best

University of Pittsburgh

  • Understanding how patterned activity arises in biological systems - Bard Ermentrout
  • Modeling the actions of the piriform cortex in odor detection - Brent Doiron

Virginia Bioinformatics Institute, Virginia Tech

  • Mathematic Modeling and Integrative Analysis of Epigenetic Heterogeneity - Hehuang (David) Xie
  • Modeling mucosal immune responses - Josep Bassaganya-Riera