Proving the “Proof”: Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research Positively Impacts Students

  • M. L. Crowe
  • J. Rychtář
  • O. Rueppell
  • M. Chhetri
  • D. L. Remington
  • S. N. Gupta
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Proceedings in Mathematics & Statistics book series (PROMS, volume 64)

Abstract

The math biology program at UNCG has been running since 2006 when we first received the funding from NSF. Every year, we provided integrated research projects at the interface of biology and mathematics to eight UNCG undergraduate students who worked in interdisciplinary teams. Up to date, our project resulted in 32 peer-reviewed publications and over 200 presentations; this demonstrates the extent to which undergraduate research can produce genuine scientific advancement. Moreover, our program also prepared UNCG students for rigorous interdisciplinary graduate studies and career opportunities and set them on a path toward productive careers as twenty-one century scientists and educators. We hope our experience will motivate and encourage others to pursue similar efforts.

Keywords

Clarification Century Career 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under grant numbers DMS 0634182 and DBI 0926288. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. L. Crowe
    • 1
  • J. Rychtář
    • 2
  • O. Rueppell
    • 3
  • M. Chhetri
    • 2
  • D. L. Remington
    • 3
  • S. N. Gupta
    • 2
  1. 1.Associate Provost of Experiential EducationFlorida Southern CollegeLakelandUSA
  2. 2.Department of Mathematics and StatisticsThe University of North Carolina at GreensboroGreensboroUSA
  3. 3.Department of BiologyThe University of North Carolina at GreensboroGreensboroUSA

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