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Truman State University has developed a mechanism for effective training undergraduates to work at the intersection of the life and mathematical sciences, and it uses the pedagogy of undergraduate research. This 'machine' can be appropriated for other interdisciplinary pairings our groupings. Slides are for a talk given for the Missouri State University's Chemistry Seminar on 17 October 2012.

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  1. 1. A Research-based Model forInterdisciplinary Training of STEM Undergraduates Jason Miller, Ph.D. Department of Mathematics Truman State University Missouri State University Chemistry Seminar 17 October 2012 MSU Chem Seminar 17 October 2012
  2. 2. MSU Chem Seminar 17 October 2012
  3. 3. Outline• Introduce Truman State University• Story of Truman’s research-focused mathematical biology program• Truman’s interdisciplinary STEM efforts degree• Opportunities for Collaboration MSU Chem Seminar 17 October 2012
  4. 4. TrumanTruman is in rural Kirskville, Missouri MSU Chem Seminar 17 October 2012
  5. 5. Truman MSU Chem Seminar 17 October 2012
  6. 6. About Truman• Missouri’s only “highly selective” public liberal arts University; pride in high-quality teaching, small class size• ~6000 undergraduates, ~300 faculty, 150 Masters students• Institutional commitment to Undergraduate Research and to Interdisciplinary teaching • EX: all students must take a Junior Interdisciplinary Seminar MSU Chem Seminar 17 October 2012
  7. 7. About Truman• about 25 biology faculty, 35 mathematics faculty (math+stats+CS)• biology: research expected of faculty (with students); experienced mentors• mathematics: teaching focus, little or no support for research activity; 10 new faculty between 1998-2000 MSU Chem Seminar 17 October 2012
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  9. 9. Professional Societies MSU Chem Seminar 17 October 2012
  10. 10. 2003 MSU Chem Seminar 17 October 2012
  11. 11. 2007 MSU Chem Seminar 17 October 2012
  12. 12. R E P OR T T O T H E PR E SI DEN TENGAGE TO E XCEL: PRODUCI NG ONE M ILLION A DDI T IONA L COLLEGE GR A DUAT ES W I T H DEGR EES I N SCIENCE , T ECH NOLOGY, ENGI NEER I NG, A N D M AT HEM AT ICS Executive Office of the President President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology F E BRUA RY 2 01 2 MSU Chem Seminar 17 October 2012
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  14. 14. Mathematical Biology Seminar (since 2003)• Program fulcrum• Biweekly meeting of faculty and undergraduates• Initially, a “Biology Fashion Show”• Engineered several cross-disciplinary, research hook-ups• Pairings provided us with a foundation for NSF UBM grant proposals MSU Chem Seminar 17 October 2012
  15. 15. MSU Chem Seminar 17 October 2012
  16. 16. Mathematical Life Scientist Scientist (faculty) (faculty)Mathematical Life Scientist Scientist (trainee) (trainee) MSU Chem Seminar 17 October 2012
  17. 17. Mathematical Life Scientist Scientist (faculty) (faculty)Mathematical Life Scientist Scientist (trainee) (trainee) MSU Chem Seminar 17 October 2012
  18. 18. MSU Chem Seminar 17 October 2012
  19. 19. Mathematical Mathematical Life Scientist Life Scientist Scientist Scientist (faculty) (faculty) (faculty) (faculty)Mathematical Mathematical Life Scientist Life Scientist Scientist Scientist (trainee) (trainee) (trainee) (trainee)Mathematical Mathematical Life Scientist Life Scientist Scientist Scientist (faculty) (faculty) (faculty) (faculty)Mathematical Mathematical Life Scientist Life Scientist Scientist Scientist (trainee) (trainee) (trainee) (trainee) MSU Chem Seminar 17 October 2012
  20. 20. • selection occurs in the Fall, students start work in January (year-long)• weekly meetings during the academic year• Intense 10-week summer research program MSU Chem Seminar 17 October 2012
  21. 21. Summer Residence Hall Meals Small Group Meetings + Mentors Community Weekly Discussions/Workshops Social Events MathBio Seminar MSU Chem Seminar 17 October 2012
  22. 22. Automatic Annotation of Maize Genome Collaboration between Truman, IA State, Cornell, Cold Spring Harbor. MSU Chem Seminar 17 October 2012
  23. 23. Automatic Annotation of Maize Genome Collaboration between Truman, IA State, Cornell, Cold Spring Harbor. MSU Chem Seminar 17 October 2012
  24. 24. Geometric Modeling of C.elegan’s 4-cell stage MSU Chem Seminar 17 October 2012
  25. 25. Graph Theoretic Modeling of Vascular Networks Collaboration between Truman and AT Still University of Health Sciences. MSU Chem Seminar 17 October 2012
  26. 26. Modeling Dispersion of Extinct Saccate Pollen Collaboration between Truman and the College of New Jersey. MSU Chem Seminar 17 October 2012
  27. 27. Identifying Volant Bats via Echolocation with Lynn Robbins, MSU Biology MSU Chem Seminar 17 October 2012
  28. 28. Habitat Suitability modeling for the Missouri Bladderpod Collaboration between Truman and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. MSU Chem Seminar 17 October 2012
  29. 29. Statistical Modeling of Abundance of Beetle Populations MSU Chem Seminar 17 October 2012
  30. 30. Models of Tick Respiration and Physiology MSU Chem Seminar 17 October 2012
  31. 31. • A modified Tajima-D statistic for identifying causes of HIV mutation• Modeling host-parasite interaction in a long- term site study• Geometric modeling of gravitropic sensitivity in flax roots MSU Chem Seminar 17 October 2012
  32. 32. Sustainability• an expensive program ($25k per team)• low throughput• high impact• wanted to pursue tactics for long-term sustainability MSU Chem Seminar 17 October 2012
  33. 33. Core Courses• Bioinformatics• Introduction to Mathematical Biology• Biostatistics/Biometry• Introduction to Computational Science*• Calculus & Math Methods for the Life Sciences MSU Chem Seminar 17 October 2012
  34. 34. Interdisciplinary Minor• Designed to foster thoughtful integration of skills and knowledge in mathematics and biology• outcome based (electronic portfolio), not course/credit based• for majors in biology, mathematics, computer science, agricultural science MSU Chem Seminar 17 October 2012
  35. 35. Minor’s Outcomes • Data Acquisition • Modeling • Computation • Statistics • Research MSU Chem Seminar 17 October 2012
  36. 36. Requirements• Demonstrate proficiencies in each category (though research, courses)• Earn 15+ credits doing so (must take Intro to MathBio course)• Attend MathBio Seminar• Participate in two half-semester program workshops/seminars MSU Chem Seminar 17 October 2012
  37. 37. Other Courses • Any that makes a connection between the areas. Some example: • Math Modeling • Ecology • Developmental Biology • ODEs • Genetics of • (Electron) Microscopy Animal and Plant ImprovementEach student makes a case for each course in theirlearning plan. MSU Chem Seminar 17 October 2012
  38. 38. Accomplishments: Strong summer research community. Quality new courses: Bioinformatics, Intro to MathBio, Biostatistics, Intro to Computational Science, Calculus & Math Methods for Life Science Competency-based minor in mathematical biology. Faculty embrace interdisciplinary approaches to research. MSU Chem Seminar 17 October 2012
  39. 39. MathBio Notes• Program grew from institutional strengths and interests, meeting the needs of many• Creates a learning-centered community for faculty and students• Trains students through research; discomfort is a sign of success MSU Chem Seminar 17 October 2012
  40. 40. • Our program was the perfect means for developing infrastructure and faculty buy-in• It is an imperfect model for a sustainable quantitative or mathematical biology program• (But it puts us in a very powerful position as Truman launches it next efforts.) MSU Chem Seminar 17 October 2012
  41. 41. More details: Miller, Walston. Interdisciplinary Training inMathematical Biology Through Team-based UndergraduateResearch and Courses. CBE Life Sci Educ. 2010 Fall;9(3):284-9. MSU Chem Seminar 17 October 2012
  42. 42. STEM Talent ExpansionPrograms (STEP) Office MSU Chem Seminar 17 October 2012
  43. 43. 2003 MSU Chem Seminar 17 October 2012
  44. 44. 2007 MSU Chem Seminar 17 October 2012
  45. 45. R E P OR T T O T H E PR E SI DEN TENGAGE TO E XCEL: PRODUCI NG ONE M ILLION A DDI T IONA L COLLEGE GR A DUAT ES W I T H DEGR EES I N SCIENCE , T ECH NOLOGY, ENGI NEER I NG, A N D M AT HEM AT ICS Executive Office of the President President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology F E BRUA RY 2 01 2 MSU Chem Seminar 17 October 2012
  46. 46. STEM Talent Expansion• Truman has leveraged training through undergraduate research for other programs • NSF STEP • NSF PRISM • NSF S-STEM• with all STEM disciplines, community college partners MSU Chem Seminar 17 October 2012
  47. 47. Degree Production 2002-2007 Degrees US MO STEM BA/BS +15% -13% AA -25% -48% Source: NSF Science and Engineering Indicators, 2012 In Missouri, student starting college at 2-year schoolintending to transfer and earn a STEM degree have an 8% chance of succeeding. Source: CBHE IFC Baseline Report MSU Chem Seminar 17 October 2012
  48. 48. MSU Chem Seminar 17 October 2012
  49. 49. MSU Chem Seminar 17 October 2012
  50. 50. Composition (%) of U.S. college-age cohort: 1990–2020 100 90 80 70 American Indian/Alaska Native 60 Asian/Pacific Islander 50 Black Hispanic 40 White 30 20 10 0 1990 1995 2000 2005 2010 2015 2020 NSF Science and Engineering Indicators 2006, Figure O-37 MSU Chem Seminar TU-HHMI Conference 2012 17 October 2012
  51. 51. Missouri EPSCoR• Missouri is an EPSCoR State • NSF funding must not exceed 0.75% of total NSF funding (criteria, table) • Missouri’s planning process for a Track I grant lead by MU’s Bob Duncan ($20m over 5 years)• This summer, representatives of institutions were invited to participate in process of creating the proposal • scientific with robust workforce development and training elements MSU Chem Seminar 17 October 2012
  52. 52. Missouri EPSCoR• A proposal was submitted on 3 October.• “Accelerating Bioscience Discovery: Learning, Inference, and Modeling” • data-intensive bioscience • imaging and environmental sensing• training and workforce development aspects are unclear MSU Chem Seminar 17 October 2012
  53. 53. Missouri EPSCoR• Gary Meints and I worked together at the workshop• saw an opportunity for Truman and MSU to collaborate• interdisciplinary training of undergraduates in STEM using research experiences MSU Chem Seminar 17 October 2012
  54. 54. Opportunities• Missouri political and financial climate favors collaborations between Universities• NSF funding favors partnerships• 21st century professions are integrative, interdisciplinary, and team-based• research on cognitive development (learning) shows strengths of undergraduate research MSU Chem Seminar 17 October 2012
  55. 55. What can we do in partnership? MSU Chem Seminar 17 October 2012
  56. 56. http://mathbio.truman.eduMore details: Miller, Walston. Interdisciplinary Training inMathematical Biology Through Team-based UndergraduateResearch and Courses. CBE Life Sci Educ. 2010 Fall;9(3):284-9. MSU Chem Seminar 17 October 2012
  57. 57. http://mathbio.truman.eduThis material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under NSFUBM #0337769, #0436348, and #0926737. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions orrecommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarilyreflect the views of the National Science Foundation. MSU Chem Seminar 17 October 2012

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