Summer Program

MTBI Summer Program 2020

Accepting Applications: November 15 - January 31

Please read the information below before applying

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Program Dates: June 3 - July 25 2020


MTBI is an intensive summer research experience that prepares undergraduate students for the rigors of graduate level research at the interface of mathematics, statistics, and the natural and social sciences. Select students are invited to Arizona State University for eight weeks, where their time is split between classroom instruction on research methods and hands-on research projects.

***MTBI is a research experience for undergraduates (REU); it is not an internship, and students will NOT earn college credit for participation.



Participants receive intensive instruction in dynamical systems, stochastic processes, computational methods and modeling delivered by top scientists and guest speakers from around the world.


At MTBI, students don't work alone.  Everything, from homework to research, exists in a collaborative environment with fellow participants, graduate students, postdoctoral students, and visiting scholars.  Students work in self-selected groups on research problems of their own choosing, while collaborating with experienced faculty and graduate student mentors. At MTBI, students select their own research topics, not faculty. By the end of the summer, students have complete a high-quality technical report and research poster, which are presented at national conferences to an audience of their peers and colleagues. 


  • Undergraduates who have completed at least their sophomore year
  • Majoring in math, biology, or related fields
  • At least one year of calculus
  • African Americans, Latinos and Native Americans are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • International students are accepted, but on a very limited basis.



  • U.S. citizens/Permanent Resident students: Receive airfare and transportation to Tempe, Arizona (up to $500), room & board and a $4,000 stipend. 
  • International Students: Receive room & board, but must provide their own transportation to and from Tempe, Arizona. NO stipend awarded.
  • Accepted students will be notified of awards by March 18.



  • All application materials must be submitted by January 31, 2020. 
  • Late materials will not be accepted. 
  • Incomplete applications will not be accepted.



  • Completed MTBI Application: Accessible by the link above or by PDF

PDF iconmtbi_application_and_check_list.pdf

  • Personal Statement: In approximately 500 words, double spaced, please describe the following: 
      • Why are you applying to the MTBI summer research program?
      • What are your research interests?
      • What are your future career goals and what have you accomplished towards these goals?

                       *Please Note: a resume is not a personal statement.

    • College/University Transcripts: An official copy of your college/university transcript is required. Official transcripts must be sent directly by the college/university. Please send all electronic transcripts to Unofficial transcripts will not be accepted. Please mail to the address listed below.


    • Faculty Letter of Recommendation & Faculty Letter of Recommendation Form:
      • Applicants complete the top half of the form and give it to their faculty reference.
      • Faculty complete the bottom half of the form and send with the letter of recommendation.
      • The faculty letter of recommendation should to be written on their university’s letterhead and mailed or emailed from the faculty reference.
      • Only one letter of recommendation is required.

                       PDF iconfaculty_letter_of_recomendation-not_fillable.pdf



    Applications and supporting materials may be submitted via the following options:

    1. MTBI Website: you may submit your application and upload up to 2 documents through the website:
    2. Email: you may email to submit your application and/or supporting materials.
    3. Mail: please address your application and/or supporting materials to:

    Arizona State University
    MTBI – Rebecca Perlin
    P.O. Box 873901
    Tempe, AZ 85287-3901 

    Applicants may use more than one method to submit application and supporting materials. 

    Please note when submitting your application online, Firefox and Chrome are the preferred web browsers, please do not use Internet Explorer.  If you have any other problems submitting your application online, please contact Rebecca Perlin at, for an application in PDF form.

    If you have any questions regarding the application process, please email Rebecca Perlin, at