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REU - Research Experience for Undergraduates

Mathematical Biology 2012-2013

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 two math majors and two biology, physics, or chemistry 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

The deadline for applications is 5:00 PM on Friday August 31, 2012.

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Each cell in your body is full of microscopic machines called molecular motors. These molecular motors are important for moving cargo to different areas of the cell. Click on the following link to see a neat animation of cellular phenomena, including motor proteins.

How do molecular motors work?

What does a mathematical model of a molecular motor look like?

What happens if you have multiple motors attached to the same cargo but pulling in different directions?

We will attempt to tackle these questions and others that arise using mathematical modeling. This is your chance to develop new skills and work in an area of active biological and mathematical research!

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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