SMB Education & REU Workshop 2021

Society for Mathematical Biology  SMB Education & REU Workshop  Save the Dates: April 1st and 2nd, 2021

Image Credit: Onar Primitivo, UC Merced Office of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

This workshop will be held on April 1st & 2nd, in preparation for the 2021 Annual Meeting of the Society for Mathematical Biology (SMB2021) to be held from June 13th - 17th, 2021: This is a 2 day workshop, with the first day’s events focusing on Education and the second day on Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU).


Workshop Organizing Committee
  • Fred Adler (University of Utah) (Co-chair of REU)
  • Mark Alber (University of California, Riverside)
  • Paul Atzberger (University of California, Santa Barbara)(Co-chair of REU)
  • Weitao Chen (University of California, Riverside)(Co-chair of Education)
  • Veronica Ciocanel (Duke University)(Co-chair of REU)
  • Stanca Ciupe (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University)  
  • Chiu-Yen Kao (Claremont McKenna College)
  • Reginald McGee (College of the Holy Cross)
  • Shelby Scott (University of Tennessee, Knoxville)  
  • Stacey Smith? (University of Ottawa)(Co-chair of Education)
  • Qixuan Wang (University of California, Riverside)(Co-chair of Education)
  • Roya Zandi (University of California, Riverside)
  • Suzanne Sindi (University of California, Merced)
  • Mikahl Banwarth-Kuhn (University of California, Merced)

Register Here

There is NO registration fee.

Education Workshop, April 1st, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. PDT


Education Workshop Mission and Vision Statement

This half-day workshop will target math biologists at all levels, focusing on links between education, diversity and research. The goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers and educators to share and exchange experiences and ideas on education in the current rapidly changing environment of mathematical biology. We will look at the evidence regarding hypotheses, cutting across different levels of education and across different groups, to find common features, characteristics of success and identify paths forward.


Plenary Speaker: Heiko Enderling, Moffitt Cancer Center
Interdisciplinary Translational Mathematical Biology Education at Moffitt Cancer Center


Minisymposium Speakers:

*Round table discussion - Moderated by Stacey Smith?


*All times listed are for Pacific Daylight Time (PDT)
9:00 - 9:10 a.m. Opening Remarks
9:10 - 10:10 (50 mins talk, 10 mins Q&A) Plenary Talk: Heiko Enderling - Interdisciplinary Translational Mathematical Biology Education at Moffitt Cancer Center
10:10 - 10:20 a.m. Break
10:20 - 11:50 a.m. (Minisymposium talks, each 25 mins + 5 mins  Q&A)
  • Lou Gross, University of Tennessee, Knoxville: BioCalculus Assessment Tool
  • Katie Montovan, Bennington College: Prereq-free Math Modeling: Solidifying core math skills through discovery and computer-based modeling
  • Shelby Scott, University of Tennessee, Knoxville: Things I learned as an interdisciplinary graduate student
11:50 a.m. - 12:00 noon Break
12:00 - 1:30 p.m. (Minisymposium talks, each 25 mins + 5 mins  Q&A)
  • Kathleen Hoffman, University of Maryland, Baltimore County: A Model of Institutional and Community Transformation for Teaching and Learning Quantitative Reasoning in the Biological Sciences
  • Amanda Laubmeier, Texas Tech University: Big and small projects for learning in differential equations and modelling courses
  • Stacey Smith?, University of Ottawa: Teaching while trans
1:30 - 1:35 p.m. Break
1:35 - 2:00 p.m. Roundtable


REU Workshop, April 2nd, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. PDT


REU Workshop Mission and Vision Statement

This workshop aims to engage with faculty, undergraduate students, and high school students who are interested in learning more about REU programs. We will have speakers and interactive Question & Answer (Q&A) panel discussions to help give background information on REUs, how students can learn about programs and prepare applications.  We will also provide a forum for general discussions and answering any questions. We hope this workshop will be helpful in further engaging the community providing opportunities for learning more about how to participate in as well as organize REUs in Applied Mathematics and Biological Sciences. We look forward to you joining us at this event.



*Panel discussion will be held after the talks.


*All times listed are for Pacific Daylight Time (PDT)
12:00 - 12:10 noon Opening Remarks
12:10 - 12:50 p.m.

Program Introduction

  • German Enciso, University of California, Irvine:
  • Laura Kubatko, The Ohio State University/MBI:
  • Suzanne Lenhart, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • James Peirce, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
12:50 - 1:00 p.m. Break
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Panel Discussion