Workshop on Education and Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Held on April 1 & 2, 2021

Workshop Mission and Vision Statements


This half-day workshop will target math biologists at all levels, focusing on links between education, diversity and research. The goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers and educators to share and exchange experiences and ideas on education in the current rapidly changing environment of mathematical biology. We will look at the evidence regarding hypotheses, cutting across different levels of education and across different groups, to find common features, characteristics of success and identify paths forward.


This workshop aims to engage with faculty, undergraduate students, and high school students who are interested in learning more about REU programs. We will have speakers and interactive Question & Answer (Q&A) panel discussions to help give background information on REUs, how students can learn about programs and prepare applications. We will also provide a forum for general discussions and answering any questions. We hope this workshop will be helpful in further engaging the community providing opportunities for learning more about how to participate in as well as organize REUs in Applied Mathematics and Biological Sciences. We look forward to you joining us at this event.


Education Workshop

Plenary Talk: Interdisciplinary Translational Mathematical Biology Education at Moffitt Cancer Center

Heiko Enderling | Moffitt Cancer Center


BioCalculus Assessment Tool

Lou Gross | University of Tennessee, Knoxville


Prereq-free Math Modeling: Solidifying core math skills through discovery and computer-based modeling

Katie Montovan | Bennington College


Things I learned as an interdisciplinary graduate student

Shelby Scott | University of Tennessee, Knoxville


A Model of Institutional and Community Transformation for Teaching and Learning Quantitative Reasoning in the Biological Sciences

Kathleen Hoffman | University of Maryland, Baltimore County


Big and small projects for learning in differential equations and modelling courses

Amanda Laubmeier | Texas Tech University


Teaching while trans

Stacey Smith? | University of Ottawa


REUs Workshop

Talk Title

German Enciso | University of California, Irvine


Talk Title

Laura Kubatko | The Ohio State University/MBI


REU Programs at NIMBios

Suzanne Lenhart | University of Tennessee, Knoxville


Ecological Modeling of the Upper Mississippi River Basin

James Peirce | University of Wisconsin-La Crosse


Workshop Organizing Committee

Fred Adler (Co-chair of REU) | University of Utah

Mark Alber | University of California, Riverside

Paul Atzberger (Co-chair of REU) | University of California, Santa Barbara

Mikahl Banwarth-Kuhn | University of California, Merced

Weitao Chen (Co-chair of Education) | University of California, Riverside

Veronica Ciocanel (Co-chair of REU) | Duke University

Stanca Ciupe | Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Chiu-Yen Kao | Claremont McKenna College

Reginald McGee | College of the Holy Cross

Shelby Scott | University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Suzanne Sindi | University of California, Merced

Stacey Smith? (Co-chair of Education) | University of Ottawa

Qixuan Wang (Co-chair of Education) | University of California, Riverside

Roya Zandi | University of California, Riverside