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2015 Summer Research Experiences (SRE) at NIMBioS for Undergraduates and Teachers

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SRE 2015 participants.

Fifteen undergraduates and two high school teachers participated in the 2015 Summer Research Experience (SRE) at NIMBioS, June 8-July 31. During the eight-week program, participants lived on campus at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 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. SRE image.

The Projects

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SRE Participants
Click on the names below for comments from some of the 2015 SRE participants.

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Mariel Bedell
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
School: Carnegie Mellon University
Major/Degree and Year: Biological Sciences/Pre-Med, Junior
SRE Mentors: Vasileios Maroulas and Ioannis Sgouralis
SRE Research Project: Modeling the Distribution of Fluid Pressures in the Kidney

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Talon Johnson
Hometown: Dallas, TX
School: Morehouse College
Major/Degree and Year: Mathematics, Senior
SRE Mentors: Judy Day and Edmund LeGrand
SRE Research Project: Exploring Stressors in the Host-Pathogen Interaction

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Virginia Parkman
Hometown: Knoxville, TN
School: University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Major/Degree and Year: Mathematics, Junior
SRE Mentors: Rebecca Wilkes and Ben Levy
SRE Research Project: Canine Distemper Modeling

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Diya Sashidhar
Hometown: Fayetteville, NC
School: North Carolina State University
Major/Degree and Year: Mathematics, Junior
SRE Mentors: Shigetoshi Eda and Vitaly Ganusov
SRE Research Project: Development of Mathematical Models of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in Mice

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Ryan Yan
Hometown: Centreville, VA
School: College of William and Mary
Major/Degree and Year: Mathematical Biology, Senior
SRE Mentors: Louis Gross and Daniel Simberloff
SRE Research Project: Invasive Species Movements through Shipping Routes

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Evaluation Report

Blogging from the 2015 program:

SRE students win award for ComFlo
Fireflies, farms, food: NIMBioS SRE 2015 underway!

SRE in the News:

Students create tool to stop pests in their tracks., August 5, 2015.
UT researchers trying to stop the spread of canine distemper., July 21, 2015.
Students Conduct Research to Control Canine Distemper. Tennessee Today, July 20, 2015.
Researchers developing models to understand, fight canine distemper. American Veterinary Medical Association newsletter, July 23, 2015.
Researchers combine math, biology to find improved tuberculosis vaccine. News Sentinel, June 30, 2015.
Students, mentors study tuberculosis at the University of Tennessee. Channel 6 ABC affiliate, July 1, 2015.

Related Links

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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:

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From 2008 until early 2021, NIMBioS was supported by the National Science Foundation through NSF Award #DBI-1300426, with additional support from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
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