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NIMBioS Awards $50,000 to UT Graduate Students

April 3, 2018

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KNOXVILLE—The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) is pleased to announce the 20 graduate students who will each receive a $2500 award to supplement their funding for research and education at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

The NIMBioS Graduate Award program was announced in March 2019, and students submitted their applications through a competitive process. The recipients come from 10 departments across campus.

The awards support research and education in areas that align with the efforts of NIMBioS at the interface of the quantitative and life sciences as well as areas connected with the four NIMBioS-affiliated programs, which include the National Institute for STEM Evaluation and Research, the Center for the Dynamics of Social Complexity, the Spatial Analysis Lab, and the Mathematical Modeling Consulting Center. The awards also support research and education that fosters new collaborations beyond the quantitative and life sciences. Full details on the awards program are available at

For more than a decade, since the institute was established under a cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation, NIMBioS has supported graduate students, providing over 50 student-years of graduate support for more than 30 students pursuing degrees in at least 10 different programs at UT. Graduate students have been supported since 2008 when the institute was established under a cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation. Graduate Assistantships included a stipend as well as a tuition waiver to promote research in areas at the interface between mathematics and biology. More information about NIMBioS’ Graduate Assistantship program is available at

The 2019 NIMBioS Graduate Award recipients are as follows:

Soheil Borhani, Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering
Alexander Cope, Genome Science & Technology
Jeff DeSalu, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Jessica Dreyer, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Hwayoung Jung, Psychology
Pramir K.C., Microbiology
Jasmine Kreig, The Bredesen Center, Environmental and Climate Sciences
Diane LeBouille Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Donna K. McCullough, Microbiology
Jacob K. Moutouama, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Ruben A. Ortiz, Sociology
Tyler Poppenwimer, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Hari Prasad Regmi, Agricultural and Resource Economics
Jeffrey Hunter Rice, Microbiology
Ryan Douglas Kuster, Entomology, Plant Pathology and Nematology
Katrina Schlum, Genome Science & Technology
Athmanathan Senthilnathan, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Shantanu Shukla, Genome Science & Technology
Cara Sulyok, Mathematics
Taylor Woods, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology


The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis is an NSF-supported center that brings together researchers from around the world to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries to investigate solutions to basic and applied problems in the life sciences.

CONTACT: Catherine Crawley, NIMBioS, +1-865-974-9350,

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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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