A preliminary theoretical analysis of a research experience for undergraduates community model

Carlos Castillo-Garsow, Carlos Castillo-Chavez, Sherry Woodley

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The Mathematical and Theoretical Biology Institute (MTBI) is a successful summer research experience for undergraduates, with a strong record of mentoring Ph.D. graduates, particularly, underrepresented minority students. However, the MTBI program was designed for education in research, not for research in education, and the mechanisms of the students’ success has never been adequately studied. This article begins the process of studying MTBI from an educational theory perspective by examining the MTBI community model from the perspective of four researchers: Piaget, Vygotsky, Bandura, and the MTBI students themselves.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)860-880
Number of pages21
Issue number9
StatePublished - Aug 1 2013



  • Community learning
  • Learning theory
  • Mathematical biology
  • Research experience for undergraduates
  • Underrepresented minorities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mathematics(all)
  • Education

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