Mathematics and Statistics

REU: Multidisciplinary Summer Undergraduate Research Program in Computation and Control of Biological and Biologically Inspired Systems
June 04, 2007 - July 27, 2007

Program | Mission | Support | Application | Travel | Schedule | REU Problems |


Sponsored by the National Science Foundation REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) and the Department of Defense ASSURE (Awards to Stimulate and Support Undergraduate Research Education), the Department of Mathematics at Texas Tech University will host a REU program on a multidisciplinary undergraduate research program in computation and control of biological and biologically inspired systems. This program will support eight-ten undergraduate students and a K-12 teacher each year. The program is scheduled to be held between June 04, 2007 to July 27, 2007. This 8-week summer research experience will provide the participants with a unique experience of how mathematics can be applied to understand the qualitative and quantitative behavior of a biological or bio-like system. The proposed REU program will consist of interesting and challenging projects each year arising from computational modeling, systems & control, geometric modeling, and applications of complex analytic methods. Through these research problems, we hope to encourage students and teachers to learn by discovery as opposed to passive listening. This will be accomplished by employing non-traditional forms of active learning such as cooperative learning, simulation-based research and experimentation. This eight-week summer program will also include the following activities: lecture series on topics; mentoring club; guest colloquium; student seminars; computational laboratory and; scientific & social tours. The REU site will involve ten qualified faculty who have excelled in their research accomplishments, have guided graduate and undergraduate research, and have been involved in K-12 outreach activities. The site will also involve two graduate students each year who will serve as mentors for the participants.

The REU program is highly multi-disciplinary and Texas Tech University is committed to excellence in this direction. Applicants must be junior or senior undergraduate students who will be completing their junior or senior year by June 2007. Students with a strong background in advanced calculus, linear algebra and differential equations are eligible to apply. Women and underrepresented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply.



Every selected student participant will be provided a stipend of $2,400, free on-campus housing and meals, and a travel allowance up to $500. The participants are expected to arrive Texas Tech University campus on June 03, 2007 (Sunday) and depart on July 28, 2007 (Saturday). Please note that under the rules of the program, only U.S. Citizens and permanent residents are eligible to receive stipends and support for housing and travel costs.


The application process consists of two parts. First, each applicant must submit an Online Application. Here they will submit some background contact information, names of the two or three references, and list their choices for the REU projects. After submitting the online part, an application packet containing the following materials:

must be mailed directly to:

Padmanabhan Seshaiyer
Texas Tech University REU Program
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Box 41042, Texas Tech University
Lubbock, TX 79409-1042

Please note that the deadline for the application is March 30, 2007 . Please make sure that the online part and the rest of the application material (Statement of Purpose; Letters of Recommendation; Official College Transcript) are received before the deadline for your application to be considered for a review process. The final eight-ten participants will be notified by April 23, 2007. Outstanding students who complete their application early may request an early decision on the admission to our REU program.


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The students arrive on June 3, 2007 to Lubbock. First day events include welcome, introduction, presentation on expectations of the program, tour of the campus and introduction to library research. The REU participant will be expected to use the times not alloted to discuss and engage in research under the guidance of a faculty mentor. A special mentoring club consisting of eight graduate students has been set up for the REU program. Each REU participant will therefore also have an opportunity to interact with these graduate student mentors during the program, to discuss their research and progress. Besides this, special social events will be arranged during the events for all participants of the program.


The participating faculty in this program are Dr. Padmanabhan Seshaiyer, Dr. Wijesuriya Dayawansa, Dr. Roger Barnard, Dr. Akif Ibragimov, Dr. Lawrence Schovanec, Dr. Alex Solynin, Dr. Magdalena Toda, Dr. Ram Iyer, Dr. Brock Williams and Dr. Jerry Dwyer. The research areas (A, B, C, D) along with specific projects for the REU program are mentioned below. Please use this information to indicate your interests in your application form.

Computational Modeling (Area A) Systems and Control (Area B) Geometric Modeling (Area C) Complex Analysis and Applications (Area D) If you would like more information on the program, please send an email to