Technological innovation has caused a renaissance in both biology and mathematics changing the types of information Biologists collect and analyze. Concurrent advances in analytical techniques and computational capabilities enable researchers to explore hypotheses and evaluate conclusions with unprecedented power.
To use this information we need to train and equip the next generation of scientists with interdisciplinary tools to both intellectually synthesize mathematical models and implement and understand technology driven data acquisition. It is also necessary to impart an appreciation of research culture early, and often, in undergraduate education. In addition, academic excellence requires combining various points of view and the ability to work among diverse cultural and ethnic populations.
It is in this spirit that we initiated a honor's style program of interdisciplinary training for mathematics and biology majors.
The Departments of Biology and Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Vermont developed a program integrating interdisciplinary courses in mathematics and biology with multi-year research projects. The program involves faculty mentors from both departments who provide classroom experiences linked to interdisciplinary research. The project combines the strength of the University of Vermont's biology and mathematics faculty; with the University's commitments to diversity, undergraduate research and interdisciplinary studies.
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