New Roster of Summer Undergrads Announced

Five interesting projects ready for researchers in this summer’s SRE program

NIMBioS is pleased to announce the 17 participants selected for its highly competitive 2017 Summer Research Experience (SRE) program. The participants, which this year include one middle school math teacher, were selected from a pool of more than 100 applicants. The program runs for eight weeks, from June 5-July 28. Participants will come to NIMBioS on the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, campus to work in teams with NIMBioS postdocs and UT faculty on research at the interface of mathematics and biology.

2017 SRE participants and their assigned team projects are as follows:

Sharee Brewer (Biology and Math, Fisk Univ.); Kimberly Dautel (Applied Mathematics, Marist College); Brian Lerch (Biology, Case Western Reserve Univ.) and Alan Liang (Math and Computer Science, Cornell Univ.) will team up on a project to build a model to investigate mating patterns in birds’ evolution.

Axel Hranov (Computer Science, Univ. of Tennessee); Audrey Hommes (Mathematics, Vanderbilt Univ.); and Saroj Duwal (Computer Science, Univ. of New Orleans) will work on a project to develop computer games for teaching biology.

Alison Adams (Genetics and Applied Mathematics, Univ. of Georgia, Athens); Quiyana Murphy (Math and Psychology, Univ. of Kentucky); and Owen Dougherty (Biology with Microbiology, Univ. of Tennessee) will work on a project to model the immune system in host-virus conflict.

Brian Hardison (7th and 8th grade math, Pi Beta Phi Elementary School, Gatlinburg, TN); Patrick Wise (Biology and History, Univ. of Delaware); Maitraya Ghatak (Mathematics, Univ. of Tennessee); and Javier Urcuyo (Applied Math and Biology, Arizona State Univ.) will team up on a project to model the spread of La Crosse encephalitis virus in East Tennessee.

Tanay Wakhare (Math and Computer Science, Univ. of Maryland, College Park); David Nguyen (Biology, Eastern Washington Univ.); and Lara Weaver (Mathematics, Univ. of Tennessee) will work on a project to examine disease-independent seasonal patterns and pathogen dynamics in multi-host systems.


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