Mathematical Biology Program Searching for Participants

Truman’s Mathematical Biology program is soliciting additional cross-disciplinary teams of faculty from mathematics and biology to carry out high-quality research at the intersection of the life and mathematical sciences. Work by these teams will occur over at least one academic year, starting in January 2007, and will be supported by funds from the National Science Foundation.

Each team will consist of a faculty member from biology and a faculty member from mathematics. Student members for the teams will be identified at a later date through a competitive application process, but each team must have one mathematics major and one biology major. A team will also have a research project which will require expertise from the team members in both the mathematical and life sciences to bring the project to fruition. The project will be of scientific or mathematical interest at the professional level, while still being lay enough that talented undergraduate students with a semester of specialized preparation will making a meaningful contribution to the project. Example projects can be found at the Truman State University Mathematical Biology program Web site at

The goals of this grant funded program are to prepare undergraduate students in mathematics and biology with the skills it takes to work at the intersection of the life and mathematical sciences. The success of the program is measured by the number of undergraduates who go on to graduate school, the number of papers submitted for publication, the number of presentations given by students at regional and national professional conferences and the number of new external grant funding requests generated as a result of the collaborative work.

Faculty participants in the program will receive a $3,500 stipend for mentoring students during the 10-week Summer Undergraduate Research Experience program, a travel allowance for bringing students to a professional conference and generous supply budget. Students involved in the program will receive a $3,200 stipend, room and board for the summer program, a travel allowance and an hourly stipend for doing research during the academic year.

To apply for the program, a team should submit a brief description of a proposed research project that includes appropriate citations (a minimum of four) to the scientific and mathematical literature. The proposal should make the interdisciplinary nature of the project clear. The team should also submit a short list of skills the faculty mentors would expect their undergraduate student collaborators to possess. The skills can be major specific.

Faculty interested in participating in the program should contact Jason Miller, associate professor of mathematics, at 785.7430. Project descriptions must be sent to Miller by Nov. 3.
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