2016 Undergraduate Research Program

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

  • REU Program: 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: 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. 

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)
  • Modeling and simulation of interstitial fluid flow over an osteocyte - Louding Zhu

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

  • Mathematical Neuroscience - 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