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Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates:

2019 NIMBioS-NSA REU Program

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REU 2019 participants.

The NIMBioS-NSA REU Program was held June 4 - July 26, 2019 at NIMBioS on the campus of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. This program is partially supported by the National Security Agency (NSA). Participants from all over the country worked in teams with NIMBioS postdocs and UT faculty on research at the interface of mathematics and biology. Undergraduates received free university apartment-style housing, a stipend of $4500, and up to $650 of support for travel to/from Knoxville.

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2019 Projects

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2019 Participants

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

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Eniola Adewunmi
Hometown: Memphis, TN
School: University of Tennessee
Major/Degree and Year: Mathematics; Senior
SRE Mentors: Charles Collins and Alexiades Vasilios
SRE Research Project: Biochemical pathways for aerotaxis in motile bacteria

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Cassandra Azeredo-Tseng
Hometown: Worcester, MA
School: New College of Florida
Major/Degree and Year: Biochemistry & Applied Math; Senior
SRE Mentors: Nick Panchy and Tian Hong
SRE Research Project: Modeling cell differentiation

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Lucas Fiet
Hometown: Knoxville, TN
School: University of Tennessee
Major/Degree and Year: Mathematics; Junior
SRE Mentors: Audra Hinson and David Talmy
SRE Research Project: Investigating viral infection rates of marine phytoplankton

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Brandon Grandison
Hometown: Ocoee, FL
School: University of Florida
Major/Degree and Year: Environmental Science and Mathematics; Junior
SRE Mentors: Nina Fefferman and Jing Jiao
SRE Research Project: Impacts of climate change on coevolution in vector-bone diseases

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Ellie Lochner
Hometown: Phillips, WI
School: University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire
Major/Degree and Year: Applied Mathematics/Statistics; Senior
SRE Mentors: Luis Carrasco, Mona Papes, Greg Wiggins
SRE Research Project: Climate change as a driver of change in human-wildlife interactions

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Meagan Todd
Hometown: Chesapeake, VA
School: Virginia Tech
Major/Degree and Year: Systems Biology; Senior
SRE Mentors: Jason Bintz, Suzanne Lenhart, Christopher Strickland
SRE Research Project: Modeling networking and opioid addiction

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For further information about the program, please contact:
     Greg Wiggins, Education and Outreach Coordinator, NIMBioS (Email: or
     Dr. Suzanne Lenhart, Associate Director for Education and Outreach, NIMBioS (Email:

NIMBioS is supported by the National Science Foundation, with additional support from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The NIMBioS-NSA Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program is funded, in part, by the National Security Agency Mathematical Sciences Program (MSP).

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