Sixteen students and two high school teachers from 16 different institutions across the United States were chosen to participate in this year's summer research program at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis.
During the eight-week long Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) and Research Experiences for Veterinary Students (REV), participants lived on campus at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UT), and worked in teams with UT faculty. Research topics focused at the interface of mathematics and biology and included two topics of interest to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, modeling the effects of climate change on ant foraging behavior in the park and predicting the park's biodiversity. The other research topics were modeling Johne's disease in cattle, the growth and development of plant pathogens, and the dynamics of cat and dog populations in the community.
This year's program took place June 7-July 30.
Undergraduate majors in biology, math, and related fields were chosen for the program following a competitive application process. Three veterinary school students and two high school teachers were also chosen. The award included a stipend, housing and some funding to support travel.
This year's REU and REV students were Samrachana Adhikari (Mount Holyoke College); Dubravka Bodiroga (Hood College); David Bulger (Oral Roberts University); Ijeoma Chimezie (Tennessee State University); John Collins (Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville); Crystal Drakes (Kansas State School of Veterinary Medicine); Kelly Geyer (Virginia Tech); Ashley Jackson (NC A&T); Reka Keleman (Iowa State); Evan Lancaster (Blackman High School, Murfreesboro, TN); Tyler Massero (SUNY Geneseo); Luong Nguyen (Mount Holyoke College); Ejebagom Ojogbo (Fisk Univ.); Steve Rekant (VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine); Janelle Scott Kansas State School of Veterinary Medicine); Meredith Spence (NC State); Ngoc Thai (Truman State); Jillian Trask (Bearden High School, Knoxville, TN); and Guang Yang (Appalachian State).
For more information about Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) and Veterinary Students (REV), go to http://www.nimbios.org/reu/.
To read about the experiences of past participants, go to http://www.nimbios.org/reu/reu_profiles2012.
For more information about the program, contact Suzanne Lenhart, Associate Director of Education, Outreach and Diversity, NIMBioS, firstname.lastname@example.org