Aspects and Requirements
UBMTP is an innovative new training program
recently funded by the National Science Foundation. The primary goal is
to prepare students to be able to do research at the interface of
mathematics and biology. Expectations of student performance are very
high. A typical timetable for a UBMTP student is as follows:
- Fall 2008 - Students apply for entrance into UBMTP.
Deadline for applications: November 10, 2008. Accepted students meet
with math/biology advisors to choose appropriate courses for the
upcoming semester. Accepted students will be notified by November 15,
- Spring 2009 - UBMTP students begin to learn about
potential summer research projects, attend weekly group meetings, learn
basic tools of mathematics and biology and make presentations to the
UBMTP faculty and students. Students are required to enroll in Math
373, Introduction to Mathematical Biology and Math 401, Undergraduate Research Seminar.
- Summer 2009 - Students spend 2 months in an
intensive full-time research environment. Pairs of students will be
teamed with one faculty member from Biology and one from Mathematics.
Students will conduct new research which may involve experimental
biology work and/or mathematical modeling. Weekly group meetings will
be held. Students cannot register for summer classes in order that they focus solely on research.
- Fall 2009 - Students continue on team
research projects. Twice monthly group meetings continue. At the end of
the semester, if students have finished their project, a public seminar
is given to disseminate the results.
- Spring 2010 - Students write
and submit papers for journal publications.
Key Aspects of UBMTP:
- Students, accompanied by faculty, will travel to regional
and national meetings to present their research.
- Students will make presentations of scientific literature
and/or their research during group meetings.
- Students will be offered the chance to register for
research credits and use this towards their graduation.
- UBMTP students in their second year of the program will act
as mentors to newly recruited UBMTP students.