Please pass this along to any students who might be good candidates -- looks like a nice short-term opportunity for someone interested in applications

From: Patrick William Nelson <>

Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2000 10:32:33 -0500 (EST)

Subject: Undergraduate Workshop in Mathematical Biology, Duke U

Undergraduate Workshop in Mathematical Biology

The Department of Mathematics and the Center for Mathematics and Computation in the Life Sciences and Medicine will sponsor a one-week undergraduate workshop from Sunday, May 21 through Friday, May 26, 2000. The workshop, which will contain lectures, computer demonstrations, and participant projects, will show how mathematics is used to gain insight into biological processes.Topics will be selected from the current research of Center faculty. The tentative schedule is given below.

Sunday Afternoon. Orientation; introduction to possible projects; campus tour; dinner party.

Monday. Lectures on the circulatory system and on the nature of mathematical modeling. Participants choose and begin work on projects.

Tuesday. Lecture on cardiac arrhythmias; differential equations refresher. Participants research their projects.

Wednesday. Lectures on modeling kidney function and on tumor growth and treatment. Participants and mentors discuss projects.

Thursday. Lectures on the immune response. Participants give presentations on projects. Party.

Friday Morning. Lecture on mathematical problems in neurobiology. Workshop evaluations. Workshop concludes at noon.

A travel allowance (<$400) and living expenses will be provided for students accepted for the workshop. Each applicant should send a current undergraduate transcript and a letter explaining her or his background and interests. In addition, each applicant should arrange for two letters of recommendation, at least one of which must be from a mathematics department faculty member.

All application materials must be received by 10 March 2000 to assure consideration. Preference will be shown to mathematics majors who have had limited opportunities to learn about interdisciplinary research and who will be seniors in fall 2000.

Address applications to:

Mathbio Workshop, Department of Mathematics,

Duke University,

Box 90320,

Durham, NC 27708-0320.

Questions may be addressed to


Trachette Jackson, Duke University

Harold Layton, Duke University

Patrick Nelson, Duke University

Duke University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national

or ethnic origin, handicap, sexual orientation or preference, gender or age.

This workshop is supported in part by a grant from the National Science