Are you interested in ecology, environmental health or
freshwater biology? Do you have mathematical abilities or an interest
in developing them? If so, then UWM’s Undergraduate BioMath (UBM)
program may be your golden opportunity. Some of the most challenging
problems in biology, from genomics to ecology require knowledge of
mathematical tools and techniques and require biologists and
mathematicians to learn to work together and develop new
approaches. At UWM, such issues have become especially evident in our
work in aquatic biology. The Departments of Biological Sciences and
Mathematical Sciences and the School of Freshwater Sciences invite
students to join UBM, a new program for interdisciplinary undergraduate
research. Funded jointly by the National Science Foundation and the UWM
Office of Undergraduate Research, students will engage in advanced
research projects in the areas of quantitative ecology, environmental
health and freshwater biogeochemistry, with an emphasis on
collaborative learning of biological and mathematical principles and
applications. In addition to hands-on research, UBM students will
participate in other activities planned by their faculty and
graduate student mentors to help them prepare for graduate school or
entry into a scientific career.
If interested, contact Istvan Lauko (firstname.lastname@example.org) or John Berges (email@example.com).
UWM freshman or sophomore students are invited to apply for the two-year UBM program. Successful applicants will commit to participate in the full program, and will receive financial support throughout a two year period, including a summer session between the two academic years.
Main features of the program:
- Special weekly research seminar
- Hands-on Mathematical Modeling course sequence
- Participation in cutting-edge interdisciplinary research projects
- Financial support for your participation
- Presentations at national and regional conferences
- Weekly research seminar
- Hands-on Mathematical Biology course sequence
- Integrated mentoring
- Interdisciplinary research talks
Summer and second year:
- Hands-on data collection, laboratory and modeling activities (at different laboratories on campus, e.g., at the School of Freshwater Science)
- Original research projects in biology conducted by student-groups under the mentoring of Biology and Mathematics faculty and researchers
- Presentation of results, participation at national and regional conferences
- Financial assistance to participating students (approx. $5400/year) will be provided throughout their involvement in the program in the form of financial aid.
- Commitment to complete the program is required
Eligibility requirements: The program is open to current freshman or sophomore students at UWM with strong interest in biological research and mathematical modeling
- who are US citizens or permanent residents and
- have successfully completed at least one semester of Calculus.