2016 Undergraduate Research Program

(June 6 - August 12, 2016)

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 6-10, 2016): A one-week introduciton to the summer research experience with tutorials, lab tours, and computer labs on mathematical biosciences topics.

  • REU Program (June 13 - August 5, 2016): 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 8-12, 2016): 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 January 31st, 2016 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 6-10, 2016)
  • $3000 during the REU Program (June 13-August 5, 2016)
  • $1000 following the Capstone Conference (August 8-12, 2016)
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

  • Modeling Prostate Cancer Treatment - Fabio Milner, Abba Gumel, and Yang Kuang

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

  • Mathematical Modeling of the Immune-Mediated Rejection of Transplants - Julia Arciero, with Giorgio Raimondi (John Hopkins School of Medicine)
  • Mathematical Modeling of Temperature and Behavior Responses to Drugs - Yaroslav Molkov, with Dmitry Zaretsky (Emergency Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine)

University of Iowa

  • Use of Algorithms in Image Processing - Palle Jorgensen

University of Pittsburgh

  • Spatiotemporal Activity in Nonlocal Media - Bard Ermentrout 

New Jersey Institute of Technology

  • Mathematical Modeling of Construction Dynamics of Army Ants - Simon Garnier 
  • Mathematical Modeling of Foraging Behavior - Simon Garnier, with Jason Graham (Department of Mathematics,  University of Scranton)

University of Notre Dame

  • Modelling Differentiation Circuits in Adipogenesis - Alexandra Jilkine 

The Ohio State University

  • TBD - Janet Best
  • Statistical Shape Analysis - Sebastian Kurtek 
  • Modeling Epidemics with Avoidance - David Sivakoff

Penn State University

  • Estimating the Distribution of Amino Acids at the Origin of Life on Earth - Dennis Pearl