Summer Research Experiences at NIMBioS (2009-2020) provided undergrads in math, biology and related fields the opportunity to conduct research in teams with UT professors, NIMBioS researchers, and collaborators on projects at the interface of math and biology. During this eight-week summer program, participants lived on the UT-Knoxville campus and worked in collaborative teams on a variety of biological research projects using mathematical methods. The topics changed each year and covered a range of life science areas including disease and health, evolution, ecology, molecular biology and more. Students received a stipend, apartment-style housing, travel support to Knoxville, and more.
SRE/REU participants have gone on to do amazing things, from publishing their research in academic journals, to winning competitions with their research, to pursuing doctoral studies at the interface of math and biology.
Follow the links below for information about each year's program, including project descriptions and interviews with participants.
"I can say that the SRE experience has greatly contributed to a successful application and start at the University of Oxford."
—2012 alumna Annet Westhoek
Westhoek went on to pursue her Ph.D. in Systems Biology at the University of Oxford where she models the interactions between legumes and their nitrogen-fixing symbionts.
"NIMBioS is an incredible place to work, especially as an undergraduate. The mentors put a lot of trust in you, and with it, a lot of responsibility. As a young researcher, there's truly no better way to become immersed in your field than in a place like NIMBioS."
—2015 alumnus Ryan Yan
Yan's SRE team created a mapping tool call ComFlo to visualize domestic transport of commodities in the U.S in order to help track the potential spread of invasive species via shipping routes. The team won a travel grant and invitation to attend the NatureServe EcoInformatics Workshop in Washington, DC.
"Meeting all of the participants was one of the more fun parts: forming relationships with people from all around the world who have similar interests and ideas, but remarkably different views of the world is indescribable."
—2014 alumnus Winode Handagama
Research from Handagama's SRE team was published in Frontiers in Microbiology. "Quantifying limits on replication, death, and quiescence of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in mice" investigates the limits of the rates of bacterial replication, death, and quiescence during Mtb infection in mice.
For further information about the program, please contact Suzanne Lenhart, Associate Director for Education and Outreach, NIMBioS (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org).