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REU - Research Experience for Undergraduates

Mathematical Biology 2010-2011

The Mathematical Biology program at the University of Utah will be conducting a mathematical biology research project for undergraduates during the academic year.

We are looking for 2 math majors and 2 biology majors who are interested in working together in an interdisciplinary group. Prior programming experience will be beneficial but is not necessary for your participation.

Program Details

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What causes normal skin growth to turn cancerous?

How is the immune system involved with cancer development and how can we use the immune system to fight back against cancer?

How is childhood UV exposure linked to adult skin cancer prevalence?

We will attempt to tackle these questions and others that arise using mathematical modeling. This is your chance to develop new skills and work on a problem of medical significance!

If you are interested in studying a fascinating biological system and learning how mathematics can be used to further biological understanding, this REU is for you!

Applicants must be US Citizens, Nationals, or Permanent Residents.

Participants will be paid for their research.

Please note that the deadline for applications has passed.

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