Author: Staff
Date: May 31, 2016
Categories: Mathematics

Houghton College mathematics senior Penny Wu has been selected by the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) for its highly competitive Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (SRE) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK).

The 2016 NIMBioS SRE program runs for eight weeks, from June 6 to July 29, and includes 16 undergraduates from universities across the United States and one high school teacher.

Undergraduate participants receive free university apartment-style housing, a stipend of $3,850 and up to $650 of support for travel to and from Knoxville.

Participants work in teams with NIMBioS postdoctoral researchers and UTK faculty on research at the interface of mathematics and biology. Projects range from mathematical modeling of human emotion to investigating the effects of different landscapes on the spread of hantavirus in mice.

NIMBioS is a National Science Foundation-sponsored initiative to foster interdisciplinary research at the interface between mathematical and biological sciences. Additional NIMBioS sponsors include the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

More information about the SRE program and projects as well as a list of participants can be found at

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