Mathematical, Statistical and Computational Methods for Problems in the Life Sciences
June 7–July 30, 2021 - Virtual Program
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Texas Tech University
For information about the 2022 edition of the REU, please visit our current website.
The NSF funded REU program "Mathematical, Statistical and Computational Methods for Problems in the Life Sciences"
is an 8-week intensive program that actively engages undergraduate students in research projects designed to introduce students
to mathematical, statistical and computational methods in the study of life science problems.
Students work individually or in groups of two or three, under the supervision and
guidance of three faculty mentors. The research projects cover a wide array of life science
applications on the dynamics of populations, epidemics, organisms, cells, and proteins.
The objectives of the program are to engage undergraduate students,
especially those from underrepresented groups and academic institutions,
where research opportunities in STEM are limited,
in innovative research projects, to expose them to active research environments,
and to provide them with the necessary technical skills to do independent research.
Through a series of educational and social activities, REU participants have opportunities to enhance
their professional development and to form a network of partners among the participants
and collaborators in the program. Faculty continue to mentor the REU participants after
the 8-week program to guide them in writing their results for publication and to assist them
as they transition into graduate school.
The ultimate goal of the program is to motivate and to inspire the REU participants to continue graduate study
in mathematics, statistics or a related field and to pursue academic or other research careers in STEM disciplines.
The research projects of the REU 2021 program will be held virtually.
The program will introduce undergraduate students to mathematical, statistical and computational methods
that enable them to pursue independent research on current problems in the life sciences.
Under the guidance of experienced faculty mentors, the student research projects will build
on current results and contribute to new mathematical, statistical and computational methods, algorithm design, analysis, data collection and implementation to address important
and complex problems in the life sciences.
The results from the research projects will be
disseminated through student participation in conferences and workshops, and through publications in mathematical, statistical and biological journals. In addition, code packages that are developed will be available on the program’s website.
Continuing undergraduate student pursuing an undergraduate degree at a U.S. accredited university or college;
current sophomore or junior level undergraduates preferred (an undergraduate degree should not be awarded prior to December 2021).
A minimum of 3 semesters of Calculus or equivalent mathematical training.
U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident.
Stipend and Commitment
Total of $4,400 ($550/week)
Commitment to 8 weeks
Student Application Requirements
The student application packet consists of completion of an online form and submission of
Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. A legible scan of an official transcript is preferred.
Your name and the institution's name must be clearly displayed on the transcript.
Official transcripts may be required upon admission to the program.
a cover letter including an essay of no more than two pages
The essay should describe what you hope to gain from the REU experience and how this
experience will contribute to the attainment of your future goals. In addition, provide an
ordered list of the three research projects on which you prefer to work (1 indicates your
preferred project). For your top two preferences, describe how these projects are
appropriate to your mathematical or computational skills and interests.
two reference letters
E-mail contact information should be provided for two faculty members,
knowledgeable about the student's research potential.
Applications from women and underrepresented minority students are welcomed and encouraged.
Applications completed by April 15, 2021 will receive full consideration. Notification of awardees will be made by April 30, 2021 or until positions are filled.
Disclaimer: This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DMS-2050133.
Any opinions, findings, and
conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of
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