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Prize for Undergraduate Research in Quantitative Biology

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 October 2020 at Northwestern University.

Awardees will be chosen based on the content and presentation of their research projects. Travel and accommodations for ­finalists will be reimbursed.

During this two day, all-expenses paid event, participants will have an opportunity to engage in intimate big-picture science discussions with quantitative biology faculty, attend a series of talks on cutting-edge research, and learn about the interdisciplinary collaborative process through a talk and panel.

PRIZE:
1st: $1000; 2nd: $750; 3rd: $500

ELIGIBILITY:
Junior and senior undergraduates whom have actively participated in quantitative biology research and have a demonstrated interest in pursuing a PhD. Must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate at the time of the conference.

APPLICATION:
To submit your application, send it as an PDF email attachment to the Tiffany Leighton Ozmina at tiffany.ozmina@northwestern.edu. Please write in the Subject line: Undergraduate Research Prize.

Materials required for submission:

  • Abstract describing your research (a maximum of 500 words for the abstract).
  • CV or Resume, include any publications, in any format.
  • Letter of Support from your research mentor. Please have your mentor email the letter directly to Tiffany Leighton Ozmina at tiffany.ozmina@northwestern.edu. It can be addressed to the “Selection Committee”.

All materials must be submitted as one file in PDF format with your last_first name as the filename. Formatting of all documents should be in 11-point font or larger with at least 0.5-inch margins. Embedded figures are acceptable.

Applications are due no later than August 31, 2020. Your Letter of Support must be received by the deadline of August 31, 2020. Please have the recommender write in the Subject line: Undergraduate Prize, “your last name”.


2019 Prize for Undergraduate Research in Quantitative Biology Winners
Five finalists for the Prize for Undergraduate Research in Quantitative Biology traveled from across the country to present their work on Friday, October 4, 2019. Awards were based on the content and presentation of their research projects. The winners were:

First Place: Ruchira Ray,  Yale University “A new biomechanical mathematical model to predict force effects on actin dynamics during clathrin-mediated endocytosis”
Second Place: Nicolas Hilgert, Purdue University “Physics of flow-sensing by self-communicating cancer cells”
Third Place: Hannah Scanlon, Wake Forest University “Modeling Blood Flow Regulation and Tissue Oxygenation in the Retina”

2018 Prize for Undergraduate Research in Quantitative Biology Winners
Five finalists for the Prize for Undergraduate Research in Quantitative Biology traveled from across the country to present their work on Friday, November 16. Awards were based on the content and presentation of their research projects. The winners were:

First Place: Jocelyn Garcia, University of Illinois Chicago
Second Place: Tingshan Liu, Smith College
Third Place: Bailey Moers, Gallaudet University
Runner Up/Honorary MentionCatalina Medina (University of Nevada, Reno) and Anthony Aportela (Georgia Institute of Technology)

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