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MSRI-UP 2024: Mathematical Endocrinology June 15, 2024 - July 27, 2024
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Location: SLMath: Baker Board Room, Atrium
Organizers Alexander Diaz-Lopez (Villanova University), Maria Mercedes Franco (Queensborough Community College (CUNY)), Rebecca Garcia (Colorado College), LEAD Candice Price (Smith College), Robin Wilson (Loyola Marymount University)

The MSRI Undergraduate Program (MSRI-UP) is an award-winning comprehensive summer program designed for undergraduate students who have completed two years of university-level mathematics courses and would like to conduct research in the mathematical sciences.

The main objective of MSRI-UP is to identify talented students, including those from underrepresented groups (including women and gender-expansive individuals), who are interested in mathematics and make available to them meaningful research opportunities, the necessary skills and knowledge to participate in successful collaborations, and a community of academic peers and mentors who can advise, encourage and support them through a successful graduate program.

SLMath and the National Science Foundation are strongly committed to expanding the opportunities in the mathematical sciences to people of all racial, ethnic, geographic and socioeconomic backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities, and to persons with disabilities.

Please help us to spread the word about this opportunity to your undergraduate contacts by downloading a PDF flyer.

Download MSRI-UP 2024 flyer (PDF)

Research Theme

The theme of the 2024 MSRI-UP is “Mathematical Endocrinology" and the research leader is Dr. Erica J. Graham, Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics at Bryn Mawr College. 

Endocrinology is broadly defined as the study of hormones and the glands and organs that produce them. The research program will focus on the analysis and development of mathematical models of various components of the endocrine system, under both physiological and pathological circumstances. A variety of mathematical/computational tools will be used as needed to examine research topics ranging from diabetes and metabolism to ovulatory function.

No in-depth knowledge of biology is required. Students who have had a course in differential equations OR dynamical systems OR linear algebra are eligible to apply. Familiarity with Matlab, R, or some other programming language will be helpful.

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General Description

During the summer, each of the 18 student participants will:

  • participate in the mathematics research program under the direction of Dr. Erica J. Graham of Bryn Mawr College, a post-doc and two graduate students;
  • complete a research project done in collaboration with other MSRI-UP students;
  • give a presentation and write a technical report on their research project;
  • attend a series of colloquium talks given by leading researches in their fields;
  • attend workshops aimed at developing skills and techniques needed for research careers in the mathematical sciences;
  • learn techniques that will maximize a student's likelihood of admissions to graduate programs as well as the likelihood of winning fellowships; and
  • receive a $3,600 stipend, lodging, meals and round trip travel to Berkeley, CA.

After the summer, each student will:

  • have an opportunity to attend a national mathematics or science conference where students will present their research;
  • be part of a network of mentors that will provide continuous advice in the long term as the student makes progress in his/her studies; and
  • be contacted regarding future research opportunities.
For additional information, please contact the on-site director for the 2024 MSRI-UP, Dr. Candice Price.

Applications are now closed for MSRI-UP 2024.
The application timeline for the Summer 2025 program will be announced in Winter 2024-25.

MSRI-UP Directors

The directors of MSRI-UP are:


MSRI-UP Sponsors

Funding to support MSRI-UP is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

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