Information for Students

    The MBUR program supports undergraduate student research at YSU, and is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). This program brings undergraduate mathematics and biology students together and engages them jointly in advanced interdisciplinary research at the boundary between Mathematics and Biology.

    Students from each discipline will be paired together and each student team will design, plan, and carry out a research project under the direction of Biology and Mathematics faculty members.  Students selected for the program will be supported for one calendar year to see their research projects from conception to completion.

    Mathematics and Biology students selected to participate will be expected to register for MATH 3701 or BIOL 3701 (Biomathematics Seminar; 1 sh) during the Spring semester and MATH 4882 or BIOL 4882 (Biomathematics Research; 1-2 sh) during Fall semester. Participants will receive a summer stipend of approximately $3800 (before taxes, etc.) and will be eligible to receive an additional stipend ($700 maximum) during the fall semester depending on availability of funds.

    Applications for admission for this program may be made by students with a class standing of Sophomore or above who are majoring in Biology or Mathematics. Students will be notified of acceptance into the program by December 16 and the program will begin Spring semester 2012. Prerequisite courses (listed below) should be completed by the end of the Spring 2012 semester, but applications will be accepted from students who will not have completed all prerequisites by that time. Prerequisite courses are determined by the student’s major:

  • Applied Calculus 1 (MATH 1570) or Calculus 1 (MATH 1571) – required for all  majors for all research projects.

  • Human Physiology (BIOL 3730) – required for all Biology majors participating in either the neuronal activity patterns or cardiac dynamics research projects.

  • Microbiology (BIOL 3702) – required for all Biology majors participating in the bacterial tolerance to toxins and gene expression research projects.

  • Differential Equations (MATH 3705) – required for all Mathematics majors (for all research projects).

Students may request that the selection committee waive these requirements if they have other equivalent experience.

    Participants must be YSU students, and U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

    Students must submit an Application for Admission. The application deadline is December 9, 2011. In addition, applicants must also submit a brief (2 page maximum) Statement of Interest describing their reasons for applying to this program and their future career or higher education goals.











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