2017 Undergraduate Research Program

(June 5 - August 11, 2017)

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 5-9, 2017): A one-week introduction to the summer research experience with tutorials, lab tours, and computer labs on topics in the mathematical biosciences.

  • REU Program (June 12 - August 4, 2017): An 8-week mentored research experience at an MBI IP on a topic in mathematical biology.

  • Capstone Conference (August 7-11, 2017): A student-centered conference featuring talks and posters by students doing research in mathematical biology, keynote talks by prominent mathematical biologists, a graduate studies recruitment fair, and other special features including a conference dinner and social event. Note that the Capstone Conference is open to all undergraduate students doing research in the mathematical biosciences, not only to students participating in the MBI REU.

REU Program

The on-line registration form will require:

  • Two letters of reference
  • A statement indicating your reasons for wanting to participate in this program
  • A list of all relevant coursework (including courses in Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science, and the Biological Sciences) and the grades you received in these courses
  • A ranked list of three projects that you want to participate in (listed below)

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 5-9, 2017)
  • $3000 during the REU Program (June 12-August 4, 2017)
  • $1000 following the Capstone Conference (August 7-11, 2017)
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.
Current Ohio State undergraduate students interested in participating in the REU program activities and working on a research project with an Ohio State faculty member during summer 2017 should contact Prof. Kate Calder (calder@stat.osu.edu). Please provide a statement of interest and attach a current (unofficial) advising report. Ohio State students may also apply for the MBI distributed REU program by following the application link to the right.

2017 Host Institutions

  1. The Ohio State University - Columbus OH
    Focus:  Health Data Analytics, Modeling of Infectious Diseases, and Mathematical Neurosciences
    Possible Projects:  Identifying Genetic Maps for Predicting Survival in Leukemia Patients, Predicting Ebola Outbreaks and their Severity in Africa, A Data-Driven Weight Adjustment for Hair Cortisol Measurements as a Biomarker of Physiological Stress
    Site Leader:  Kate Calder, Professor of Statistics (calder@stat.osu.edu)

  2. Michigan State University - Lansing, MI
    Focus:  Mathematical Molecular Biosciences and Computational Biophysics
    Possible Projects:  Mathematical Algorithms for Toxicity Prediction, Stability and Function of Membrane-Protein Complexes, What Mutation has Done to People Near You and How to Predict its Impact?
    Site Leader:  Dr. Guowei Wei, Professor of Mathematics (Wei@math.msu.edu)

  3. New Jersey Institute of Technology - Newark, NJ
    Focus:  Mathematical Biology
    Possible Projects:  Mathematical Modeling of Ant Foraging Behavior, Modeling Slime Mold Decision-Making as Systems of Coupled Oscillators, Neuronal Oscillatory Patterns in Response to Ionic Currents, Neurobiology of Locomotion
    Site Contact:  Dr. Simon Garnier, Assistant Professor of Biology (garnier@njit.edu)