Texas Tech University, Department of Mathematics & Statistics, REU

Program ID: 133-REU [#1105]
Program Title: REU: Mathematical, Statistical and Computational Methods for Problems in the Life Sciences
Program Type: Undergraduate program
Program Location: Lubbock, Texas 79409, United States [map]
Subject Areas: mathematics, statistics, biology
Starting Date: 2021/06/07
Application Deadline: 2021/04/15 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2021/02/25, listed until 2021/08/24)
Program Description:    

The REU program ``Mathematical, Statistical and Computational Methods for Problems in the Life Sciences" is an 8-week intensive program that actively engages undergraduate students in research projects designed to introduce students to mathematical, statistical and computational methods in the study of life science problems. Students work individually or in groups of two or three, under the supervision and guidance of three faculty mentors. The research projects cover a wide array of life science applications on the dynamics of populations, epidemics, organisms, cells, and proteins. The objectives of the program are to engage undergraduate students, especially those from underrepresented groups and academic institutions, where research opportunities in STEM are limited, in innovative research projects, to expose them to active research environments, and to provide them with the necessary technical skills to do independent research. Through a series of educational and social activities, REU participants have opportunities to enhance their professional development and to form a network of partners among the participants and collaborators in the program. Faculty continue to mentor the REU participants after the 8-week program to guide them in writing their results for publication and to assist them as they transition into graduate school. The ultimate goal of the program is to motivate and to inspire the REU participants to continue graduate study in mathematics, statistics or a related field and to pursue academic or other research careers in STEM disciplines.

The research projects of the REU 2021 program will be held virtually. The program will introduce undergraduate students to mathematical, statistical and computational methods that enable them to pursue independent research on current problems in the life sciences. Under the guidance of experienced faculty mentors, the student research projects will build on current results and contribute to new mathematical, statistical and computational methods, algorithm design, analysis, data collection and implementation to address important and complex problems in the life sciences. The results from the research projects will be disseminated through student participation in conferences and workshops, and through publications in mathematical, statistical and biological journals. In addition, code packages that are developed will be available on the program's website.

The student application packet consists of completion of an online form and submission of (1) college transcripts*, (2) a resume, and (3) a cover letter including an essay of no more than two pages. The essay should describe what you hope to gain from the REU experience and how this experience will contribute to the attainment of your future goals. In addition, provide an ordered list of the three research projects on which you prefer to work (1 indicates your preferred project). Project website: http://www.math.ttu.edu/undergraduate/reu2021/. For your top two preferences, describe how these projects are appropriate to your mathematical or computational skills and interests. *Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. A legible scan of an official transcript is preferred. Your name and the institution's name must be clearly displayed on the transcript. Official transcripts may be required upon admission to the program.

Two letters of recommendation are also part of the application package. E-mail contact information should be provided for two faculty members, knowledgeable about the student's research potential.

Applications from women and underrepresented minority students are welcomed and encouraged. Applications completed by April 15, 2021 will receive full consideration. Notification of awardees will be made by April 30, 2021 or until positions are filled. For more information, please visit http://www.math.ttu.edu/undergraduate/reu2021/. Questions? Please send an e-mail to math.reu@ttu.edu.


Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the program description.

Further Info:
http://www.math.ttu.edu/undergraduate/reu2021/
 
1108 Memorial Circle
Mail Stop 1042
Lubbock, TX 79409

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