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International Research Experience for Students (IRES)

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May 29 -June 24 2017

Universidad de los Andes (UniAndes), Bogota, Colombia

In 2015 the Simon A. Levin Mathematical, Computational and Modeling Sciences Center held the first year of a three-year International Research Experience for Students (IRES) designed to take MTBI participants to the next level in collaborative research. We include a brief description of this program and it is attended by former MTBI participants who have benefited by the funding provided by NSF in past years. Without NSF support, these students would not have benefited from this exciting opportunity.

The IRES Population Dynamics and Complex Systems program took place in Bogotá, Colombia, in 2015 and 2016; this is the final year of the program. The experience was made up of three components: an approximation to a Spanish speaking community in a developing country; the development of a high quality research project in collaboration with students from Universidad de los Andes (UNIANDES); and a visit to protected area subject to human pressure and containing endangered species that are subject of current investigation.

The brief immersion to this new culture included getting to know entirely new surroundings, a new university environment, and new cultural activities.

Students meet with the professors involved in a project which is supported by two meetings each week in which each group has time to present their progress, bring up any issues and set objectives for the next project report. A final project report will be developed during this time, in which students participate. Students also have the opportunity to meet with senior faculty during the program.

Final presentations including a written report (a manuscript formatted to be submitted to a journal) may be used as a starting point for student publicaiton. A final agenda will be availible shortly.