Undergraduate Research in Biology and Mathematics

  Biological questions may often be approached from a quantitative perspective. The above diagram, for example, represents a model of a flower’s life history that can be used to predict the distribution of stages in the future. This UBM project brings together the resources of the Biology Department (Burruss Hall, upper-left) and the Mathematics Department (Roop Hall, lower-left) to provide students with long-term, interdisciplinary research experiences.

Quantitative Skills in Biology through Scientific Inquiry

The Biology and Mathematics departments at James Madison University are pleased to announce long-term, interdisciplinary research experiences for students in biology, biotechnology, mathematics, and statistics. Current trends in biological research demand biologists with strong quantitative skills and mathematicians with training in biology. This project will involve long-term research experiences for undergraduates as well as curricular improvement activities in both mathematics and biology. This opportunity is being funded by the National Science Foundation Grant No. (DMS-0734284) and James Madison University.

The central theme for all aspects of the program is the role that mathematical methodologies and tools can play in all aspects of the scientific method. Research projects will be based on active research of biology faculty with collaborating mathematics faculty. Both biological and mathematical students will participate in all aspects of scientific inquiry, learning the biology and the mathematics needed. Preliminary coursework and seminars will prepare students for a summer research project. Following this research, students will disseminate their results through regional and national meetings. Faculty and students will work together to publish appropriate results in peer-reviewed journals. Curricular modules developed by faculty will be submitted to web-based curricular repositories for broad dissemination.

For more information, contact the PI for the grant, Dr. Brian Walton.  Other faculty that are involved can be identified from the Research link at the top of the page.