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2012 Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program

Eighteen undergraduates participated in the 2012 NIMBioS Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU), June 11-August 3, 2012. During the eight-week program, participants lived on campus at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UT), and worked in teams with NIMBioS postdocs and UT faculty to conduct research at the interface of mathematics and biology. The award included a stipend, housing and some funding to support travel.

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REU Profiles

Click on the names below for comments from some of the 2012 REU participants.

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Andre Perez
Major: Biology
School: Univ. of Texas, El Paso
Hometown: Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico
REU Research Project: Modeling protein translation and genome evolution

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Anthony Rhoads
Major: Mathematics
School: McKendree University
Hometown: Litchfield, IL
REU Research Project: Modeling early evolution of human immunodeficiency virus

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Arielle Nivens
Major: Mathematics
School: Maryville College
Hometown: Kingston Springs, TN
REU Research Project: Modeling salmonella transmission in swine

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Jessica Welch
Majors: Mathematics, Statistics
School: University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Hometown: Kingsport, TN
REU Research Project: Harnessing the arsenal of nature: Developing natural pesticides

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Olatomiwa Lasebikan
Major: Computer Science
School: Fisk Univ.
Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria
REU Research Project: Modeling the evolution of sexual imprinting

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Sarah Bogen
Major: Mathematics
School: Capital Univ.
Hometown: Norwalk, OH
REU Research Project: Agent-based mathematical model for Johne's disease epidemiology and economy

Evaluation Report

Blogging from the 2012 program:

NIMBioS REUs: The Work is Done! And Has Only Just Begun...
All Activities Continue as NIMBioS Recovers from Flood
REU's Present in UT STEM REU Symposium
NIMBioS Welcomes New REU Class
NIMBioS Shares Biology & Math at USA Science & Engineering Festival
NIMBioS Outreach Featured on AAAS Site
Botesteanu Wins MAA Outstanding Presentation Award
The Nerd Superbowl: The Hidden Gems of REU

REU in the News

MC students land competitive summer internships
Student studies HIV at prestigious institute
Student Excels in Summer Research Program
UTEP sophomore is chosen for research experience in Tennessee

Related Links

Main NIMBioS Summer Research Experiences page

For further information about the program, please contact Kelly Sturner, Education and Outreach Coordinator, NIMBioS (Email: or Dr. Suzanne Lenhart, Associate Director of Education, Outreach, and Diversity, NIMBioS (Email:

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