Young Mathematical Biologists Meet in Knoxville

The future of mathematical biology looks bright, if the quality of this year’s participants in the NIMBioS undergraduate research conference is any indication. NIMBioS hosted the 2nd Annual Undergraduate Research Conference at the Interface of Biology and Mathematics, Nov. 19-20, at the UT Conference Center in Knoxville, TN. Nearly 120 undergraduate students and faculty mentors participated from more than 30 institutions throughout the United States. Dr. Abdul-Aziz Yakubu, Professor and Chair of the Department of Mathematics from Howard University, kicked off the conference with a plenary talk on fish population dynamics. Students contributed more than 60 oral and poster presentations to the program on topics in ecology, evolution, disease, biomedical applications and genetics. Participants learned about educational and professional opportunities at NIMBioS and also at NESCent, the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, located in Durham, NC. A panel discussion featuring professionals in mathematical ecology and biology, bioinformatics and computational biology fielded questions on graduate school and career advice.

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