National Science Foundation Awards $171,000 for Undergraduate Research in Mathematics

DATE: June 2, 2006
CONTACT: John Davis,

LUBBOCK – The National Science Foundation awarded $171,000 for an undergraduate research program at Texas Tech University’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

The money will fund the Multidisciplinary Summer Undergraduate Research program in Computation and Control of Biological and Biologically Inspired Systems, said Dr. Padmanabhan Seshaiyer, an associate professor of mathematics and principal investigator for the program.

This is the first program at Texas Tech to receive a Research Experiences for Undergraduates SITE award from the National Science Foundation.

Starting Monday, eight undergraduates from across the country will come to do research on how math can be applied to biology, Seshaiyer said. The program ends July 28.

“This program will give us the opportunity to increase the need for applying mathematics to biology,” Seshaiyer said. “Hopefully, the students will enjoy working with the 10 faculty members they will be studying with and will want to come back to Texas Tech as graduate students.”


CONTACT: Dr. Padmanabhan Seshaiyer, associate professor of mathematics, (806) 742-2580, ext. 264, or