The Undergraduate Biological and Mathematical (UBM) training program is a new initiative by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to bridge the gap between the biological sciences and mathematics.

This UBM project is designed to engage undergraduate biology and mathematics majors in innovative research at the bridge between the mathematical and biological disciplines. Examples of research areas available include studying vital population parameters of reef corals, regulation of the mitogen-activated protein kinase during oocyte maturation and fertilization, and the analysis of mutation rates in a bacterial model system for DNA repeats associated with neurodegenerative diseases. For this, students will utilize cutting edge research tools and methods and analyze results using rigorous mathematical techniques. The intense involvement of the students will be during the last 2 years of their undergraduate education.

For three years, we will support six undergraduate researchers annually, three each from the departments of mathematics and biology.