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Quantitative Biology Undergraduate Summer Research Program

Opportunities

The NSF-Simons Center for Quantitative Biology is pleased to announce new programming that will lay the foundation for collaborations at the intersection of mathematics and biology across the nation and the globe.

NSF-Simons Fellows Program

Application Deadline: October 1, 2020
The NSF-Simons Fellows Program is an independent postdoctoral fellowship for early-career scientists with diverse backgrounds and exceptional promise and is designed to enhance interaction and collaboration among participants in order to stimulate creative thinking and interdisciplinary science. NSF-Simons Fellows are people who will eventually be leaders in the interdisciplinary field combining mathematics and quantitative biology. Fellows are drawn from the ranks of recent Ph.D. graduates, and conduct their independent research under the mentorship of the Center. The Center provides an exceptional and unique interdisciplinary environment and provides research funds for the appointment.  Click here for application instructions.

Postdoctoral Positions

Application Deadline: available immediately, rolling submission
Postdoctoral Fellows conduct their research under the mentorship of one of the Center faculty as part of his/her/their research group. Supported postdoctoral fellows are designated Center for Quantitative Biology Scholars. Research groups seeking postdoctoral fellows include: Alec Wang, Rosemary Braun, William Kath  Click here to find out more.

Prize for Undergraduate Research in Quantitative Biology

Application Deadline: September 31, 2020
The NSF-Simons Center for Quantitative Biology’s Prize for Undergraduate Research in Quantitative Biology recognizes outstanding undergraduate research in quantitative biology. Up to five ­finalists will be invited to present posters describing their research at the NSF-Simons Center for Quantitative Biology Annual Conference, to be held on November 19-21, 2020 at Northwestern University. Awardees will be chosen based on the content and presentation of their research projects. Prize: 1st: $750; 2nd: $500; 3rd: $250  Click here for application instructions.

Great Math Challenges in Biology Contest

Application Deadline: November 18, 2020
Historically, biology has inspired new mathematics, from Maxwell to Turing. In turn, breakthroughs in mathematics have generated new insights in biology. The sheer complexity of living beings lends itself to exploration of fields such as topology, complex geometry, dynamical systems, and probability theory. The NSF-Simons Center for Quantitative Biology invites undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows from across Chicagoland to participate in the Great Math Challenges in Biology contest. This challenge asks contestants to take some real-world problem in biology, gleaned from the Annual Center Conference on Quantitative Biology, and propose a specific advance in pure mathematics, new or old, that could be used to help solve the problem. Prize: 1st $2,000; 2nd $750; 3rd $250. Click here for application instructions.

Quantitative Biology Undergraduate Summer Research Program
Application Deadline: January 24, 2021
Program Dates*: June 21, 2021 – August 13, 2021
The Quantitative Biology Undergraduate Summer Research Program offers summer research fellowships to undergraduates. This program allows undergraduate students majoring in biology, engineering, mathematics, or physics to participate in hands-on laboratory or computational research that applies mathematical concepts and methodology to understanding mechanisms in biology. If selected, leadership will match you with a faculty mentor. Participants will be encouraged to attend activities such as, faculty research presentations; day trip to a local museum or Argonne National Laboratory; a presentation on applying to graduate school; and other cohort outings. Participants in the program receive a taxable stipend of approximately $4,000. To be considered for this program, applicants must currently be freshmen, sophomores, or juniors with demonstrated interests in the mathematical biology and/or developmental biology. Click here for application instructions.

Pilot Projects Program

Application Deadline: March 31, 2021
The Center will award seed funding to two pilot projects that are closely aligned with the central research mission of the Center. The CQuB, one of four national centers funded by the National Science Foundation and the Simons Foundation, is focused on “transforming our understanding of organismal growth and development through quantitative approaches”. Pilot projects should be high-risk high-reward research, interdisciplinary in nature, and be working at the interface of biology and mathematics. Selected projects will be funded for one year for up to $40,000 direct costs each.  Click here for application instructions.

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