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The 12th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference at the Interface of Biology and Mathematics

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Date: October 31 - November 1, 2020
The conference will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday and end by 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Location: The conference will be conducted remotely this year due to COVID-19 concerns. We will utilize the Sococo platform that allows for personal avatars to move between rooms and sessions, interact in small groups and also participate in zoom sessions. Training sessions on the use of this platform will be held prior to the Conference.

Objectives: The Twelfth Annual Undergraduate Research Conference provides opportunities for undergraduates to present their research at the interface of biology and mathematics. The conference will include two plenary talks, student talks and posters, and a panel discussion on career opportunities. Faculty and students are invited to attend.

Graduate School Fair: If you would like to host an online breakout room to discuss opportunities in your graduate program, please contact Greg Wiggins ( by October 16. Online breakout rooms will be available for the Graduate School Fair October 29, 30, and November 1.

Keynote Speaker: Gerardo Chowell, Professor & Chair, Department of Population Health Sciences, Georgia State University School of Public Health, Atlanta
The power of mathematical and statistical modeling tools to combat the COVID-19 pandemic

Featured Speaker: Olivia Prosper, Mathematics, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Pre-conference Talk: Volker Grimm, Professor, Department of Ecological Modeling, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, will give a pre-conference talk on October 30. If you would like to attend this talk, please register here (link TBA).

To register, you must use our online application system.

  1. Click here to access the system.
  2. Login or create an account.
  3. Complete your user profile (if you haven't already).
  4. Find this conference event under Current Events Open for Application and click on Apply.
  5. If you are submitting a talk or poster abstract, upload a pdf of your abstract as part of your online registration, following our required abstract guidelines, available here. If a group of authors are collaborating on a talk or poster, only the lead author should submit an abstract (only one copy of the abstract should be submitted).
  6. Indicate whether you are requesting funding support to cover the registration fee.


  • October 7: Registration and abstract submission for those submitting talk/poster abstracts
  • October 21: Registration for non-presenters
  • October 21: Submission of final pdf of poster for poster presentations. Poster format may be landscape, portrait, or square.

Registration cost: $30. A significant amount of support is available upon request to cover the conference registration fee. Priority for support is given to undergraduate students and particularly those presenting talks or posters. For those not receiving a fee waiver, please send a check (payable to Univ. of Tennessee - NIMBioS URC 2020), addressed to:
   1122 Volunteer Blvd., Suite 106
   University of Tennessee
   Knoxville, TN 37996-3410

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For more information, contact:
Greg Wiggins
Education and Outreach Coordinator, NIMBioS
Phone: (865) 974-9364    Fax: (865) 974-9300

Suzanne Lenhart
Associate Director for Education and Outreach, NIMBioS
Phone: (865) 974-4270 (Math)   (865) 974-9349 (NIMBioS)    Fax: (865) 974-9300

1122 Volunteer Blvd., Suite 106
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996-3410
PH: (865) 974-9334
FAX: (865) 974-9300
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NIMBioS is supported by the National Science Foundation through NSF Award #DBI-1300426, with additional support from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
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