EXPLORE summer program matches gifted and advanced high school students with distinguished mentors, hands-on research opportunities, and professional experience in their field of interest.
- Work collaboratively with distinguishedmentors for 2-6 weeks
- Are immersed and involved in college-levelresearch and projects
- Participate in weekly college and careerdevelopment workshops
- Expand their professional and academicnetwork
- Connect with like-minded peers
We are looking to fill positions at the following math-focused site:
Students will have the opportunity to work with UCLA Professor, Dr. Van Savage, and his team of graduate and postdoctoral researchers in the Department of Biomathematics, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and Institute for Quantitative and Computational Biosciences. The students will use mathematical and computational approaches to understand the causes and consequences of the extraordinary diversity in form and function that exist in biological systems. A key area of study has been on vascular systems that deliver vital materials and how their structure dynamics differ in plants versus animals, across tissue, and between healthy and diseased states such as tumor growth or stroke recovery. Understanding these differences involves intuiting and testing the fundamental biological, chemical, and physical constraints that guide the development of these vascular networks. This project involves independent research as well as data analysis to discover how organismal physiology influences biological structure and dynamics. By the end of the session, students will learn to use Angicart software to extract data from medical images, write code in Matlab to analyze data, and learn to translate key concepts into mathematical equations.
Prerequisites: Strong written and oral communication skills, experience in Microsoft Office, strong biology and physics skills, and interest in web design and database language. Applicants must be 15 years of age or older at the start of the program to be placed at this site.