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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 ( or John Berges (


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:

First year:

Summer and second year:

Financial assistance:

Eligibility requirements: The program is open to current freshman or sophomore students at UWM with strong interest in biological research and mathematical modeling