Mathematical and Theoretical Biology Institute (MTBI)

Mathematical and Theoretical Biology Institute - Arizona State University
Arizona State University
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Undergraduate Research


The Mathematical and Theoretical Biology Institute (MTBI) is embedded in ASU’s Simon A. Levin Mathematical, Computational, and Modeling Sciences Center to connect the center’s education-through-research mission directly to trans-disciplinary undergraduate and graduate programs in the mathematical sciences. 

Program Description

MTBI seeks to recruit students to careers in the mathematical sciences by providing an intensive research experience of student-driven research where participants actively contribute to setting the research agenda. MTBI host a summer research program, encouraging and facilitating access and completion of a graduate studies degree in mathematics and science. A collaborative learning environment and community among students and faculty aids students in their research and provides a source of support in graduate school and beyond

MTBI gives students an insight into what to expect in the pursuit of a Ph.D. and aims to strengthen and diversify the pool of U.S. students pursuing graduate degrees in math and sciences. Alumni progress is monitored for at least six years after participation to provide support, community, and measure program success.


From 1996 through 2016, MTBI has recruited and enrolled 533 students, 70% of them are underrepresented minorities, and approximately half of them identified as Latino. 

Through February 2017, 71% of MTBI students enrolled in graduate or professional school programs

108 MTBI students have completed their Ph.D. and  67  of those students were Hispanic/Latino.

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