Established in 1996 at Cornell University, the Mathematical and Theoretical Biology Institute (MTBI) was moved to Arizona State University in the spring of 2004. With the culmination of the 2006 summer institute, MTBI has mentored 277 undergraduate participants who have produced 111 technical reports. Furthermore, over 60% of its alumni are currently graduate students, or have completed graduate programs, mostly in the mathematical sciences. Twenty-four MTBI alumni have earned a Ph.D. in the mathematical sciences-a group that includes fourteen individuals from underrepresented groups.
MTBI mentorship efforts at the graduate school level include its Sloan Pipeline Graduate Program (MTBI-SLPP). MTBI is an active participant of the Western Alliance to Expand Student Opportunities (WAESO), sponsored by the NSF Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program.
MTBI year round efforts are supported through grants from the National Science Foundation, The National Security Agency, The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, The Hispanic Research Center and the Office of the Provost of Arizona State University. MTBI funding was provided by Cornell University and Los Alamos National Laboratory (T-Division) from 1996-2004.
"This is certainly the best research I’ve ever done, and probably the best work I’ve ever put forward."
"The summer meant a lot to me, making me gain a better perspective of my future academic goals. It helped me to realize how lax my school work is compared to itself."
"This has given me a taste of what it will take to survive in a high intensity academic environment. Huge impact on self-motivation and determination."
"I enjoyed meeting people of very diverse backgrounds, and I learned a lot about modeling, leadership and teamwork."
"MTBI is much more than a summer program. It is one of the most productive uses of time I have experienced. I feel much more prepared for grad school and my future career."
"If I have an opportunity to participate in the program again, I am very lucky; I can learn even more new ideas."