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Departments of Mathematics, Biology granted $780,946 from NSF

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

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Media Contact: Sue Stevens

ARLINGTON - Forty University of Texas at Arlington undergraduate math and biology students will receive financial assistance, mentoring, seminars, research experience and specially designed course work thanks to a $780,946, five-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The grant is part of the Interdisciplinary Training Program for Undergraduates in Biology and Mathematics at the National Science Foundation, and it will support a program at UT Arlington called Undergraduate Training in Theoretical Ecology Research (UTTER).

The main objectives of the UTTER program are to enhance undergraduate education and training at the intersection of the biological and mathematical sciences, and to better prepare program scholars to pursue graduate study and careers in fields that integrate the mathematical and biological sciences. The core of the UTTER activity is jointly conducted, long-term research experiences for five interdisciplinary balanced teams of eight undergraduates from the mathematics and biology departments under extensive faculty and peer mentoring from both fields.

World renowned scholars will visit UT Arlington to interact with UTTER participants and share their expertise in research and education at the interface between biology and mathematics with the university community. The program will also enhance university student recruitment and alignment with area community colleges.

Hristo Kojouharov, associate professor of mathematics, is principal investigator for the grant and Associate Professors Doyle Hawkins and Christopher Kribs-Zaleta from the Department of Mathematics are co-principal investigators. Professor James Grover and Assistant Professor Laura Mydlarz are co-principal investigators from the Department of Biology. Associate Professor Laura Gough, from the biology department, will be a faculty associate.

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