New Roster of Summer Undergrads Announced

Projects at the interface of mathematics and biology at the 2018 NIMBioS Summer Research Experiences

NIMBioS is pleased to announce the 15 participants selected for its highly competitive 2018 Summer Research Experience (SRE) program. Participants were selected from a pool of more than 100 applicants from around the country. The program runs for eight weeks, from May 29-July 20. Participants will come to NIMBioS on the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, campus to work in teams with NIMBioS postdocs and UT faculty on five research projects at the interface of mathematics and biology.

2018 SRE participants and their assigned team projects are as follows:

Eeman Abbasi (Ecology, Mount Holyoke College), Kevin De Angeli (Mathematics, Texas A&M Univ.), and Corina Oroz (Mathematics, Pomona College) will collaborate on a project to explore the spatial interactions between hunting and gathering in tropical forests.

Brianna Alred (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Univ. of Tennessee), Yacine Choutri (Biological Sciences, Berea College), and Benjamin Schenck (Applied Mathematics & Statistics, College of William and Mary) will team up on a project combining ecological niche modeling and climate change models to assess risk of thousand cankers disease in black walnut trees.

Amelia Berle (Biological Sciences, Lewis & Clark College), Diego Castedo Pena (Mathematics, North Carolina State Univ.), and Sadhana Chidambaran (Genetics, Rutgers Univ.) will work on a project using phylogenetics to better understand cancer tumor evolution.

Annastashia Blesi (Physics, Univ. of Tennessee), Samantha Brozak (Mathematics, Arizona State Univ.), and Hanna Reed (Mathematics, Univ. of Central Florida) will team up on a project to investigate the role of Aedes mosquitoes in La Crosse encephalitis virus transmission to children.

Sarah Brock (Biomedical Sciences, Univ. of Tennessee), Yi Dai (Data Analytics, The Ohio State Univ.), and Brielle Kwarta (Mathematics, Houghton College) will work on a project to model the management of feral cats with economic impacts.

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