Undergraduate Research and Interdisciplinary Training

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A quick talk for the Trinity University's Fall 2012 HHMI conference on Truman's undergraduate mathematical biology program and how it's lead to broadening participation in STEM in different but powerful ways.

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  • Goal: to create infrastructure for a self-sustaining, research-based undergrad training program in mathematical biology\n+ elevate faculty scholarship \n
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  • Undergraduate Research and Interdisciplinary Training

    1. 1. Undergradaute Research as Interdisciplinary Training Jason Miller, Ph.D. Truman State University For TU-HHMI Conference 2012
    2. 2. • Institutional Context• Mathbio Program • Context • Structure • Outcomes• A Pivot• Partnerships
    3. 3. Truman State University Public Liberal Arts Highly-selective Affordable Primarily Undergraduate ≈6000 students TU-HHMI Conference 2012
    4. 4. Truman State University Public Liberal Arts Highly-selective Affordable Primarily Undergraduate ≈6000 students Values undergraduate research Values interdisciplinary experiences TU-HHMI Conference 2012
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    7. 7. 2007 TU-HHMI Conference 2012
    8. 8. 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
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    13. 13. Life Scientist (faculty) TU-HHMI Conference 2012
    14. 14. Mathematical Life Scientist Scientist (faculty) (faculty) TU-HHMI Conference 2012
    15. 15. Mathematical Life Scientist Scientist (faculty) (faculty)Mathematical Life Scientist Scientist (trainee) (trainee) TU-HHMI Conference 2012
    16. 16. Mathematical Life Scientist Scientist (faculty) (faculty)Mathematical Life Scientist Scientist (trainee) (trainee) TU-HHMI Conference 2012
    17. 17. Mathematical Life Scientist Scientist (faculty) (faculty)Mathematical Life Scientist Scientist (trainee) (trainee) TU-HHMI Conference 2012
    18. 18. Mathematical Life Scientist Scientist (faculty) (faculty)Mathematical Life Scientist Scientist (trainee) (trainee) TU-HHMI Conference 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) TU-HHMI Conference 2012
    20. 20. Example Topics• tick physiology• automatic gene annotation• habitat suitability modeling• computer assisted bat identification• host-parasite environmental study• shape variations in C. elegan’s 4-cell stage• algebraic graph theoretic modeling of vascular network formation• shape-based modeling of gravitropic sensitivity
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    23. 23. Accomplishments: Strong summer research community. TU-HHMI Conference 2012
    24. 24. Accomplishments: Strong summer research community. Quality new courses: Bioinformatics, Intro to MathBio, Biostatistics, Intro to Computational Science, Calculus & Math Methods for Life Science TU-HHMI Conference 2012
    25. 25. Accomplishments: Strong summer research community. Quality new courses: Bioinformatics, Intro to MathBio, Biostatistics, Intro to Computational Science, Calculus & Math Methods for Life Science Competancy-based minor in mathematical biology. TU-HHMI Conference 2012
    26. 26. Accomplishments: Strong summer research community. Quality new courses: Bioinformatics, Intro to MathBio, Biostatistics, Intro to Computational Science, Calculus & Math Methods for Life Science Competancy-based minor in mathematical biology. Faculty embrace interdisciplinary approaches to research. TU-HHMI Conference 2012
    27. 27. Accomplishments: Strong summer research community. Quality new courses: Bioinformatics, Intro to MathBio, Biostatistics, Intro to Computational Science, Calculus & Math Methods for Life Science Competancy-based minor in mathematical biology. Faculty embrace interdisciplinary approaches to research. but... low throughput TU-HHMI Conference 2012
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    29. 29. Composition (%) of U.S. college-age cohort: 1990–2020 100 90 80 70 American Indian/Alaska N 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 TU-HHMI Conference 2012
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    31. 31. Jumpstart & support the highly- motivated but underprepared(incl. community college STEM students) TU-HHMI Conference 2012
    32. 32. 3x students, 1/2 cost
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