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2016 Summer Research Experiences (SRE) at NIMBioS for Undergraduates

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SRE 2016 participants.

The 2016 NIMBioS Research Experiences (SRE) for Undergraduates will be held June 6-July 29, 2016 at NIMBioS on the campus of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Participants from all over the country work in teams with NIMBioS postdocs and UT faculty on research at the interface of mathematics and biology. Undergraduates receive free university apartment-style housing, a stipend of $3850, and up to $650 of support for travel to/from Knoxville. SRE image.

The Projects

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SRE 2016 Participants
Click on the names below for comments from some of the 2016 SRE participants.

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Alana Cooper
Hometown: Knoxville, TN
School: University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Major/Degree and Year: Mathematics-Honors Concentration, Secondary Mathematics Education Minor, Junior
SRE Mentors: Jeff Larsen, Charles Collins, Nels Johnson
SRE Research Project: Dynamic Modeling of Human Emotion

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Joshua Darville
Hometown: Nassau, Bahamas
School: Fisk University
Major/Degree and Year: Physics and Mechanical Engineering, Sophomore
SRE Mentors: Quentin Johnson, Tongye Shen
SRE Research Project: Decoding Allostery by Mathematical Analysis of Molecular Dynamics Simulations

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Morganne Igoe
Hometown: Lorain, OH
School: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Major/Degree and Year: Mathematics with a Biology minor, Senior
SRE Mentors: Colleen Jonsson, Suzanne Lenhart, Megan RĂșa
SRE Research Project: Mouse Trap! Modeling the Spread of Mice and Hantavirus in Pressured Landscapes

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Jacob Miller
Hometown: Mount Vernon, OH
School: University of Kentucky
Major/Degree and Year: Mathematics and Computer Science, Junior
SRE Mentors: Susan Riechert, Michael Jantz, Kelly Sturner
SRE Research Project: Developing Computer Games for Teaching Biology

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Penny Wu
Hometown: Chengdu, Sichuan, China
School: Houghton College
Major/Degree and Year: Mathematics, Senior
SRE Mentors: Vasileios Maroulas, Andreas Nebenfuehr
SRE Research Project: Using Statistical Filters to Follow Fast Organelle Movements in Plant Cells

Blogging from the 2016 program:

SRE undergraduates present at Summer STEM Poster Symposium
Announcing the new roster of participants for the 2016 Summer Research Experience at NIMBioS

SRE in the News:

Tennessee professor oversees students' study of mouse virus, deadly to humans. News Sentinel, July 15, 2016.

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Evaluation Report

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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