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The University of California, Irvine is proud to organize two summer research programs in mathematical biology in 2020, MathBioU for undergraduates and Math ExpLR for High School students.   Students will work for 6 weeks from June 29th to August 7th in small research teams and give a presentation at the end of the program. In addition, students will attend skill-building workshops that will prepare them to carry out mathematical research, including Matlab programming, mathematical modeling, giving research presentations and write a research paper.

Most teams will consist of both undergraduates and High School students working together on a research project.

Program Calendar

Mondays

Wednesdays

Week 1

06/29/20

01:00pm  Welcome (introduction & expectations)
01:45pm  Progress check: LaTex, I
02:00pm  Skills development: How to find and read articles, basics of writing a scientific paper
03:00pm  PI and TA Introduction
03:30pm  Breakout sessions with PIs and TAs (group roles form submitted by end of day)

07/01/20

01:00pm  Research group meeting: set directions and goals
01:30pm  Progress check: LaTex, II
01:45pm  Skills development: MATLAB, I
03:35pm  Short snack/social break
03:50pm  Skills development: Math Modeling, I
04:45pm  Teamwork: support your peers while learning MATLAB/Math Modeling/LaTex 
Before M of week 2, complete:
  • Literature background (Read articles, record references, summarize known results, write down questions and ideas to explore)
  • MATLAB HW
  • Math Modeling HW

Week 2

07/06/20

01:00pm  Check-in and peer discussion: sharing issues and brainstorming solutions
01:15pm  Skills development: MATLAB, II
03:05pm  Snack/social break
03:35pm  Skills development: Math Modeling, II
04:30pm  Group meeting: discuss progress & strategize

07/08/20

01:00pm  Research group meeting: discuss progress and plan the skeleton of your paper
01:30pm  Skills development: MATLAB, III
03:20pm  Short snack/social break
03:35pm  Skills development: LaTeX, III
04:30pm  Guest talk: Dr. Dominik Wodarz
Before M of week 3, complete:
  • First draft of mid-course report        
  • MATLAB HW
  • Math Modeling HW                                
  • LaTeX HW

Week 3

07/13/20

01:00pm  Check-in and team progress report
01:15pm  Teamwork: support your peers while learning MATLAB/Math Modeling/LaTex
01:30pm  Skills development: LaTeX, IV
02:25pm  Group meeting: work on research and mid-course report
03:25pm  Short snack/social break
03:40pm  Guest talks: Yutong Sha; Jesse Kreger
04:40pm  Peer discussion: What makes a good talk? (Think critically about the talks we heard and provide feedback)

07/15/20

01:00pm Research group meeting: work on research and mid-course report
01:45pm  Skills development, II: Effective Presentations in Science/Mathematics
02:35pm  Snack/social break
03:05pm  Skills development:  Making slides in Beamer
04:00pm  Research group meeting: Plan the skeleton of your talk, and create slides
Before M of week 4, complete:
  • Mid-course presentation slides
  • LaTeX HW
  • Second draft of mid-course report

Week 4

07/20/20 MID-COURSE PRESENTATIONS BEGIN

01:00pm  Check in and team progress report
01:10pm  Research group meeting: finalize & rehearse mid-course report and mid-course presentations
02:10pm  Mid-course presentations
03:20pm  Snack/social break*
03:50pm  Mid-course presentations 
 

07/22/20 PRESENTATIONS CONTINUE

01:00pm  Check in and team progress report
01:10pm  Research group meeting: finalize mid-course report
02:10pm  Mid-course presentations
03:20pm  Snack/social break*
03:50pm  Mid-course presentations

DUE SUNDAY: MID-COURSE REPORT

Before M of week 5, complete:
  • Mid-course report

Week 5

07/27/20

01:00pm  Research group meeting: Revise mid-course report and implement feedback from your mentors
01:50pm  Short break
02:00pm  Research group meeting: continue to work on research
03:30pm  Snack/social break
04:00pm  Q&A panel of undergraduates: Information session for HS students

07/29/20

01:00pm  Check in and team progress report
01:15pm  Research group meeting: continue to work on research
02:45pm  Short snack/social break
03:00pm  Research group meeting: Draft of final report (strategize)
04:00pm  Q&A panel of post-doctoral researchers (Jinsu Kim, Julie Wiedemann, Eric Bourgain-Chang): Information session for undergraduates
Before M of week 6, complete:
  • First draft of final report
  • First draft of final presentation slides

Week 6

08/03/20

01:00pm  Research group meeting: Discuss progress and strategize last week of research
02:00pm  Peer feedback of final report draft
03:00pm  Research group meeting: Edit final report
03:30pm  Snack/social break 
04:00pm  Research group meeting: Work on slides for final presentation

08/05/20 DUE: POST-SURVEY

01:00pm  Check in and team progress report
01:15pm  Research group meeting: Progress on research and final report
02:45pm  Short snack/social break
03:00pm  Research group meeting: Continue to work on slides for final presentation
04:00pm  Rehearse final presentation and provide feedback to peers

Friday, 08/07/20  FINAL PRESENTATIONS

  • 09:30am – 09:40am Welcome
  • 09:40am – 10:10am Group 1, Final presentation
  • 10:15am – 10:45am Group 2, Final presentation
  • 10:45am – 10:55am Snack break
  • 10:55am – 11:25am Group 3, Final presentation
  • 11:30am – 12:00pm Group 4, Final presentation
  • 12:00pm – 01:00pm Lunch break
  • 01:00pm – 01:30pm Group 5, Final presentation
  • 01:35pm – 02:05pm Group 6, Final presentation
  • 02:05pm – 02:15pm Snack break
  • 02:15pm – 02:45 pm Group 7, Final presentation
  • 02:50pm – 03:20pm Group 8, Final presentation
  • 03:20pm – 03:30pm Evaluation surveys and greetings