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Mathematical and Theoretical Biology Institute Mathematical and Theoretical Biology Institute Summer Research Program The objectives of the MTBI Summer Research Program are to encourage and facilitate the access to and the successful completion of graduate studies by mostly underrepresented minority (URM) students in mathematics and science. The MTBI Summer Program at Arizona State University exposes undergraduates to scientific research by introducing them to methods in applied mathematics and letting them address relevant questions in theoretical biology. Success is measured directly by the quality of the student reports, and by the acceptance to and completion of graduate school by our students. This proposal requests support for 10 undergraduate student and one graduate student participants. 1. Intellectual Merit a) Training and mentoring mostly URM undergraduate students during an eight-week summer research program offered to selected college juniors and seniors; an advanced program is offered to former MTBI students who are more likely to enroll in graduate school as measured by their prior performance in MTBI and college. b) Establishing undergraduate research opportunities in applied mathematics, statistics, and theoretical biology; many students are more likely to remain in mathematics if they can see relevant and intriguing applications of math to their life (research projects, selected by the students themselves, clearly reveal their interest in problems that make a connection between them and society). c) Providing opportunities for the students to collaborate on their research with excellent researchers from around the country and world. d) Supporting an environment in which high quality undergraduate research is recognized and expected (MTBI technical reports provide the best examples. All student papers are bound and are included in the Technical Report Series available in print and now online. MTBI students have now produced 161 technical reports, some of which have been published in peer reviewed journals. ) e) Supporting a research staff capable of generating exciting, innovative research projects to motivate undergraduate students and lead to the achievement of significant results within a summer . f) Providing access to computer facilities that make it possible for undergraduate students to become junior research members of a first-rate research institute. 2. Broader Impacts a) Additional efforts to recruit students who attend universities designated by NSF as minority institutions and/or students from underrepresented groups who come from economically disadvantaged families. b) Monitoring student progress after their participation in MTBI to ascertain their success in graduate and/or professional schools. As of August 2012, 211 US students (151 URM) have entered graduate programs; 77 of these (61 URM) have so far received Ph.D.s. c) Faculty composed of first-rate minority, non-minority and international researchers male& female to teach, advise, and mentor MTBI students. All have active research programs. d) Expanding the visibility of the research carried out at MTBI by minorities via presentations of s tudent research at national conferences. (Since 1996 over a hundred papers have been presented in poster sessions at SACNAS national meetings and scores have been presented at the AMS/MAA joint conferences. Every year since 1998 one or more of these posters have won awards for excellence in these conferences or at SIAM.) e) Inviting renowned researchers to MTBI's Summer Colloquium Series to present current research. f) Disseminating MTBI's methods and results; e.g. participated in AMS conference on Summer REUs, established The Richard TapiaDavid Blackwell Distinguished Lecture Series a biannual lecture series in conjunction with MSRI at UC-Berkeley, and started new degree programs (B.S and Ph.D.) at ASU in Applied Mathematics for the Life and Social Sciences based on the MTBI model. g) Faculty often present collaborative research with MTBI students as a substantive part of invited talks.
Effective start/end date4/1/133/31/14


  • DOD: National Security Agency (NSA): $149,929.00


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