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Department of Biomathematics

One of the exciting growth areas in the sciences is interdisciplinary research at the interface between mathematics and biology. Through a combination of coursework and research, the Integrated Research in Biomathematics program develops students and faculty who are "bilingual" in these two disciplines.

Biomathematics at Trinity

Integrated Research in Biomathematics (IRBM) is supported by the National Science Foundation and designed to be a multi-year experience for students who will be engaged in intensive research during the summers, with continuing research and coursework during the following school year. The grant also provides money for summer research fellowships and supports the biomathematics minor.

Summer Undergraduate Research

Application and acceptance into the IRBM program should be viewed as an extended, year-round commitment to research and scholarship. A broad range of research projects are directed by five faculty teams from mathematics, biology, and engineering science. Students are also encouraged to consider developing projects in their own areas of interest.

Financial Support

Students will receive a $4,000 stipend for their research work in the summer (nine weeks), although the projects span spring, summer, and fall. In addition, students receive $1,200 for summer housing if they stay on campus (less if the student chooses to stay off campus). Students are expected to keep working during the school year on their projects; however, students will not be paid a stipend for their research work during the fall and spring semesters.


Selection of students for participation in the program is based on a combination of anticipated promise as successful undergraduate researchers and career plans post-graduation, assessed through coursework and grades, a personal essay, and recommendations from faculty members. The minimum requirement is the successful completion of one biology course and one mathematics course; more biology and math coursework adds to the candidate's merits.

Interested in Applying for the Biomathematics Program?

Interested students should e-mail polofsso [at] (Peter Olofsson), who will add them to IRBM TLearn site, where they can submit the following application materials:

  1. A concise essay, no more than one page, describing the reasons for their interest in the program. (Rank your top three choices of research projects/mentors, and overall student assignment to specific research projects will be carried out in a way that best matches up students and projects.)
  2. An unofficial transcript.
  3. The names of one or two faculty references (no letters required).