2018 MBI Undergraduate Summer Research Program
(June 11 – August 9, 2018)
The Mathematical Biosciences Institute (MBI) will host a multi-institution REU program in the mathematical biosciences, facilitated by the Mathematical Biosciences Institute (MBI) located on the campus of The Ohio State University.
REU participants will work on projects in areas such as molecular evolution, neuronal oscillatory patterning, cancer genetics, epidemics and vaccination strategies, and animal movement. Participants will work individually or in pairs under the guidance of expert mentors to make specific research contributions in these areas, often leading to a peer-reviewed publication and conference presentations. The REU program will incorporate various professional and research-skills development activities throughout the summer to help ensure the participants’ success in completing their summer project and to prepare them for graduate study or entering the workforce.
The goal of this MBI NSF-funded program is to introduce students to exciting new areas of mathematical biology, and to involve them in collaborative
research with their peers and faculty mentors. The program consists of three parts:
Introduction to Mathematical Biosciences (June 11th-15th, 2018) at the MBI
At the MBI, participants are introduced to various areas of mathematical biology via lectures and computer labs and visit various biological labs on campus.
Mentored Research Experience (June 18th-August 3rd, 2018) at IUPUI, NJIT, or PSU
During the second component of the program, participants complete a mentored research project individually or in pairs at one of MBI’s IP. Participants also attend a weekly online seminar series and virtual all-program meeting.
Capstone Conference (August 6th-9th, 2018) at the MBI
For the final week of the program, the students return to the MBI to participate in the Capstone Conference. 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.
The online registration form will require:
- Two letters of reference
- A one-page statement indicating your reasons for wanting to participate in this program
- A transcript (unofficial versions are fine)
- A ranked list of the top five projects that you want to participate in (listed below)
In addition, students can be reimbursed up to $500 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.
The deadline to submit your application for the REU Program is Tuesday, February 13th. Applications for the Capstone Conference ONLY will be due later in the summer.
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