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3 825Program ID: MRC-DISEASES [#825]
Program Title: Dynamics of Infectious Diseases: Ecological Models Across Multiple Scales: May 31 - June 6, 2020
Program Location: Rhode Island, United States [map]
Application Deadline: 2020/02/15help popup* (posted 2019/08/01, listed until 2020/02/20)
Program Description:    

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About the Mathematics Research Communities:

Mathematics Research Communities (MRC), a program of the American Mathematical Society (AMS), nurtures early-career mathematicians--those who are close to finishing their doctorates or have recently finished--and provides them with opportunities to build social and collaborative networks through which they can inspire and sustain each other in their work.

The structured program is designed to engage and guide all participants as they start their careers. For each topic, the program includes a one-week summer conference, a Special Session at the next Joint Mathematics Meetings, and a longitudinal study of early career mathematicians.

Those accepted into this program will receive a flat rate transportation allowance for the summer conference, and will be partially supported for their participation in the Joint Mathematics Meetings which follow in January 2021.

ELIGIBILITY: Individuals within one to two years prior to the receipt of their PhDs, and up to five years after receipt of their PhDs, are welcome to apply.  Most of those supported by NSF funds to participate in the MRC program will be US-based, that is, employed by or a full-time student at a US institution at the time of the MRC summer conference. However, the terms of the grant allow for a limited number of individuals who are not US-based. A few international participants may be accepted. Depending on space and other factors, a small number of participant slots may be available for self-funders. Applicants wishing to be considered as possible self-funded participants should email at the time they apply and state that intention. Self-funders must satisfy the same criteria for admission as those who receive grant support. Individuals who have once previously been an MRC participant will be considered for admission, and their applications must include a rationale for repeating. Please note that individuals cannot participate in the MRC program more than twice. Applications from individuals who have twice been MRC participants will not be considered. Women and underrepresented minorities are especially encouraged to apply.  All participants are expected to be active in the full MRC program.

For any program, fellowship, prize or award that has a maximum period of eligibility after receipt of the doctoral degree, the selection committee may use discretion in making exceptions to the limit on eligibility for candidates whose careers have been interrupted for reasons such as family or health. Therefore, an applicant who has had to slow down or temporarily stop his or her career for personal reasons may request to be considered for an extension in the amount of time after the PhD degree. Please send exception requests to

  • Completed on-line application form
  • One (1) reference letter submitted by a professor or supervisor who knows the applicant and can address how the applicant will benefit from, and contribute to, the MRC program.

Applications will close at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Saturday, February 15, 2020. Note that all applicants will be notified of their status by May 1, 2020.

Week 1a: May 31 – June 6, 2020-- Dynamics of Infectious Diseases: Ecological Models Across Multiple Scales

Julie Blackwood, Williams College
Lauren Childs, Virginia Tech
Suzanne Lenhart, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Olivia Prosper, University of Kentucky

Dynamical models have become a central tool used to investigate a variety of problems related to the ecology of infectious diseases. Most of these models focus on one of two scales: population-level (e.g. compartmental models) or within-host processes (e.g. immune-pathogen interactions). Important questions continue to emerge that may depend on feedbacks between multiple scales. Consequently, there is a need to improve the understanding of local transmission dynamics by linking multiple scales of disease etiology, as well as the consequences of spatial heterogeneity on disease dynamics across geographic regions. This MRC will discuss the state of the field and develop methods to address recent and emerging issues related to multiple scales and relevant heterogeneities such as the role of contact heterogeneity in the spread of infectious disease.

The applied questions addressed in this MRC will require knowledge and techniques from such mathematical areas as differential equations, difference equations, dynamical systems, probability, statistics and various natural sciences. Interdisciplinary collaboration will be an essential component of the work, which is related to two of the NSF’s 10 Big Ideas: Growing Convergence of Research and Understanding the Rules of Life.

Application Materials Required:
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