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Annual Undergraduate Research Conferences at the Interface of Biology and Mathematics

conference photo. NIMBioS organized and hosted an annual Undergraduate Research Conference at the Interface of Biology and Mathematics each fall. Student talks and posters were featured as well as panel discussions. Faculty and Minority Serving Institution partners and high school teachers were invited to see the research of these undergraduates. Conferences were held at the University of Tennessee Conference Center in Knoxville unless otherwise specified.


Twelfth Annual Undergraduate Research Conference at the Interface of Biology and Mathematics

Date: October 31 - November 1, 2020
Location: The 2020 conference was conducted remotely due to COVID-19 concerns, utilizing the sococo platform that allows personal avatars to move between rooms and sessions, interact in small groups and also participate in zoom sessions.
Keynote Speaker: Gerardo Chowell, Population Health Sciences, Georgia State Univ. School of Public Health, Atlanta
Featured Speaker: Olivia Prosper, Mathematics, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville


Eleventh Annual Undergraduate Research Conference at the Interface of Biology and Mathematics

Date: November 16-17, 2019
Location: UT Conference Center, Knoxville
Keynote Speaker: Sadie Ryan, Medical Geography, Univ. of Florida; Director, Quantitative Disease Ecology & Conservation Lab (QDEC Lab)
Featured Speaker: Christopher Strickland, Mathematics, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville


Tenth Annual Undergraduate Research Conference at the Interface of Biology and Mathematics

Date: October 27-28, 2018
Location: UT Conference Center, Knoxville
Plenary Speaker: Holly Gaff, Biological Sciences, Old Dominion Univ.
Featured Speaker: Nina Fefferman, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Mathematics, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville


Ninth Annual Undergraduate Research Conference at the Interface of Biology and Mathematics

Date: November 11-12, 2017
Location: UT Conference Center, Knoxville
Plenary Speaker: Kiona Ogle, The School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems, Northern Arizona Univ.
Featured Speaker: Katherine J. Evans, Group Leader, Computational Earth Sciences, ORNL


Eighth Annual Undergraduate Research Conference at the Interface of Biology and Mathematics

Date: October 8-9, 2016
Location: UT Conference Center, Knoxville
Plenary Speaker: Jorge X. Velasco Hernández, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Featured Speaker: Judy Day, University of Tennessee, Knoxville


Seventh Annual Undergraduate Research Conference at the Interface of Biology and Mathematics

Date: November 21-22, 2015
Plenary speaker: Robert Smith?, University of Ottawa
Featured speaker: Rachel Lenhart, University of Wisconsin, Madison.


Sixth Annual Undergraduate Research Conference at the Interface of Biology and Mathematics

Date: November 1-2, 2014
Plenary Speakers: Joseph Tien, Associate Professor of Mathematics at The Ohio State University; and Jeremy Smith, Governor's Chair at the University of Tennessee and Director of the University of Tennessee/Oak Ridge National Lab Center for Molecular Biophysics
URC Schedule and Abstract Book 2014 (PDF)


Fifth Annual Undergraduate Research Conference at the Interface of Biology and Mathematics

Date: November 16-17, 2013
Plenary Speaker: Mariel Vazquez, Associate Professor of Mathematics at San Francisco State University
Featured Speaker: Andrew Liebhold, Research Entomologist for the USDA Forest Service
URC Schedule and Abstract Book 2013 (PDF)


Fourth Annual Undergraduate Research Conference at the Interface of Biology and Mathematics

Date: November 17-18, 2012
Plenary speaker: Christine E. Heitsch, Associate Professor of Mathematics at Georgia Institute of Technology
Featured speaker: John W. Glasser, Center for Disease Control
URC Schedule and Abstract Book 2012 (PDF)


Third Annual Undergraduate Research Conference at the Interface of Biology and Mathematics

Date: October 21-22, 2011
Plenary speaker: J. Carl Panetta, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
URC Abstract Book 2011 (PDF)
Featured Speaker: John Jungck, Mead Chair of the Sciences and Professor of Biology, Beloit College
Conference schedule (PDF)


Second Annual Undergraduate Research Conference at the Interface of Biology and Mathematics

Date: November 19 - 20, 2010
Plenary speaker: Abdul-Aziz Yakubu, Professor and Chair of the Department of Mathematics, Howard University
Featured speaker: Jory Weintraub, Assistant Director Education and Outreach, National Evolutionary Synthesis Center
URC Abstract Book 2010 (PDF)


First Annual Undergraduate Research Conference at the Interface of Biology and Mathematics

Date: October 23-24, 2009
Plenary speaker: Lisa Fauci, Tulane University
Featured Speaker: Paul Super, Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Conference schedule (PDF)
URC Abstract Book 2009 (PDF)


For more information, contact:
Suzanne Lenhart
Associate Director for Education and Outreach, NIMBioS
Email: slenhart@tennessee.edu
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From 2008 until early 2021, NIMBioS was 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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