MELBOURNE, FLA. — Florida Institute of Technology has been awarded a three-year National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for $214,161. To begin Jan. 1, the
grant will allow interdisciplinary training for undergraduates in biological and mathematical sciences in what will be known as the UBM program.
“This is a fertile field for both disciplines as results in one area can lead to advances in the other. There are few people, however, who can work in this
intersection,” said Semen Koksal, Florida Tech professor of mathematical sciences.
Annually, six qualified mathematics and biology majors will be mentored by Koksal and Eugene Dshalalow, professor of mathematical sciences, and Robert van
Woesik, Richard Sinden and David Carroll, Department of Biological Sciences faculty members. Preparing students for future work environments and enhancing
their career opportunities, these faculty mentors will direct student research in such areas as molecular, cell and developmental biology and population
ecology. The selected students will also be exposed to cutting-edge mathematical and statistical tools.
The UBM program aims to transcend traditional boundaries in educating biological and mathematical scientists. It is also designed to strengthen
mathematical training for biology students and interdisciplinary training for mathematics students.