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Quantitative Biology Undergraduate Summer Research Program

About

The Quantitative Biology Undergraduate Summer Research Program offers summer research fellowships to undergraduates. This program allows undergraduate students majoring in biology, engineering, mathematics, statistics, 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.

This program is supported by the NSF-Simons Center for Quantitative Biology and the Northwestern Research Training Grant in Quantitative Biological Modeling.

Stipend

Participants in the program receive a taxable stipend of approximately $4,000. 

Eligibility
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.

Expectations

  • Participants are expected to spend 100% of their summer break working in a participating* faculty member’s research group for 8-weeks between end of June 22 – August 14, 2020. (Dates can be flexible to accommodate your university/college’s spring term/quarter end date and fall term/quarter start date.)
  • Participants must agree not to take on any other paid work or research grants for any part of the eight-week period, and must not be enrolled in courses for any part of that period.
  • Participants must give a 15-minute presentation with slides at the end of the program to the Center directors, investigators, scholars and personnel.

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Application Form

How to Apply

The application deadline for this program is March 2, 2020

To apply, students must submit the following materials via email to Tiffany Leighton Ozmina, tiffany.ozmina@northwestern.edu 

  • A completed application form
  • A letter of recommendation from a faculty
  • Include a one-page, single-sided proposal describing the type of research in which you would most like to conduct if selected for this program. You can write broadly about the research subject areas you’re interested in exploring and whether you’d like to do mathematical or experimental research. Then write specifically about one or two research projects lead by participating faculty that spark your curiosity and imagination.
  • Information about participating faculty and their research projects can be found on the program websites:
    www.quantitativebiology.northwestern.edu
    www.qbiomath.northwestern.edu
    Use a standard 11-point font. Include title of project at top of the page, centered. One additional page is allowed for including figures and/or references.

Participating Faculty Mentors

Danny Abrams

Associate Professor, Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics, McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

Erik Luijten

Chairperson, Materials Science and Engineering; McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

Ravi Allada

Chair and Professor, Neurobiology; Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences; Project 3 Leader, NSF-Simons Center for Quantitative Biology

Madhav Mani

Assistant Professor of Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics, McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science; Assistant Professor of Molecular Biosciences, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences; Project 1 & 4 Leader, NSF-Simons Center for Quantitative Biology

Luis Amaral

Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, McCormick School of Engineering; Professor of Molecular Biosciences and Physics & Astronomy, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences; Professor of Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine; Investigator, NSF-Simons Center for Quantitative Biology

Carole LaBonne

Chair and Professor of Molecular Biosciences, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences; Project 1 Leader, NSF-Simons Center for Quantitative Biology

Erik Andersen

Assistant Professor of Molecular Biosciences, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences; Project 2 Leader, NSF-Simons Center for Quantitative Biology

Niall Mangan

Assistant Professor of Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics, McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science; Project 2 Leader, NSF-Simons Center for Quantitative Biology

Antonio Auffinger

Associate Professor of Mathematics, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences; Investigator, NSF-Simons Center for Quantitative Biology

Aaron Packman

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

Neda Bagheri

Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science; Project 2 Leader, NSF-Simons Center for Quantitative Biology

Hermann Riecke

Professor of Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics, McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

Rosemary Braun

Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine; Project 3 Leader, NSF-Simons Center for Quantitative Biology

David Schwab

Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Richard Carthew

Professor of Molecular Biosciences, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences; Director and Project 4 Leader, NSF-Simons Center for Quantitative Biology

Mary Silber

Adjunct Professor of Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics, McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

Dan Dombeck

Associate Professor of Neurobiology, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Alec Wang

Associate Professor of Molecular Biosciences, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences; Project 5 Leader, NSF-Simons Center for Quantitative Biology

Bill Kath

Professor of Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics, McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science; Professor of Neurobiology, Weinberg College of Arts and Science; Co-Director and Project 3 Leader, NSF-Simons Center for Quantitative Biology

JiPing Wang

Professor of Statistics and Professor of Molecular Biosciences, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences; Project 2 & 5 Leader, NSF-Simons Center for Quantitative Biology

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