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2017 Summer Research Experiences (SRE) at NIMBioS for Undergraduates and Teachers

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SRE 2017 participants

The 2017 NIMBioS Summer Research Experiences (SRE) for Undergraduates and Teachers was held June 5-July 28, 2017 at NIMBioS on the campus of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. 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 $4000, and up to $650 of support for travel to/from Knoxville.

The Projects

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2017 Participants
Click on the names below for comments from some of the 2017 SRE participants.

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Audrey Hommes
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
School: Vanderbilt University
Major/Degree and Year: Mathematics and French, Junior
SRE Mentors: Susan Riechert and Max Schuchard
SRE Research Project: Developing Computer Games for Teaching Biology

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Brian Lerch
Hometown: Dayton, OH
School: Case Western Reserve University
Major/Degree and Year: Biology and Mathematics, Junior
SRE Mentors: Sarah Flanagan and Nourridine Siewe
SRE Research Project: Mating Patterns in Bird Evolution

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Quiyana Murphy
Hometown: Louisville, KY
School: University of Kentucky
Major/Degree and Year: Mathematics and Psychology, Senior
SRE Mentors: Colleen Jonsson, Fan Bai, Christina Edholm
SRE Research Project: Modeling the Immune System Battleground in Host-Virus Conflict

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Javier Urcuyo
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
School: Arizona State University
Major/Degree and Year: Applied Mathematics and Biology, Junior
SRE Mentors: Suzanne Lenhart and Rebecca Trout Fryxell
SRE Research Project: Modeling the Spread of La Crosse Virus in East Tennessee

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Evaluation Report

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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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