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Who Should Apply and How to Do It
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DIMACS Bio-Math Connect Institute
DIMACS is a NJ Department of Education Professional Development Provider.
Working towards integration of education and research in the mathematical and computational sciences.
July 18 - July 30, 2004
This will be an exploratory two-week program featuring high school
mathematics teachers (including those teaching computer science and
statistics). The teachers will get an introduction to
molecular biology, computational biology, and bioinformatics. They
will learn about sequence alignment algorithms, finding the smallest
number of mutations of a certain type to switch one sequence into
another, algorithms for finding a sequence from its fragments,
preconstruction of phylogenetic (evolutionary) trees, RNA structure
other mathematical techniques. They will also learn how mathematical
modeling can be applied to the problems of stopping the spread of
infectious diseases and defense against bioterrorist attacks. Computer
lab sessions will introduce participants to key software tools of
bioinformatics such as BLAST. The
biological topics in the program will be self-contained -- we will
introduce you to the requisite biology. The mathematics involved will
be primarily discrete math and those who have some prior exposure to
discrete math, especially graph theory (e.g., through prior
participation in a DIMACS program) should have sufficient background
In the second week of the program, one group of teachers will engage
in a research project (similar to the "traditional" DIMACS Connect
Institute research experiences for teachers) under the guidance of
researchers in computational biology and bioinformatics. They will
also prepare research experiences for their students to bring back to
their schools. A second group of teachers will produce classroom
materials for use in their schools and possible later inclusion in the
DIMACS Educational Modules Series, under the guidance of content
experts in bio-math and experts in pedagogy. In applying to
participate in the program, teachers can indicate which of these two
components of the program they wish to participate in.
During the 2004-2005 academic year, there will be classroom visits by
mentors and/or participants. Students will
report on classroom activities at a conference in spring 2005.
The Education Program will be led by experienced college and
university faculty and high school lead teachers-in-residence.
This will be an experiment and we are just now working on designing
it. We expect that this will be the basis for many future programs of
this sort at DIMACS and participants will have an opportunity to be in
on the beginning of what we hope will be a pioneering venture at
bringing the biological and mathematical sciences closer together in
the high schools.
Participants who successfully complete DCI activities will be awarded
three graduate credits in mathematics education from Rutgers
Further Information for High School Teachers
Long weekends are built into the program. The DCI week begins each
week on Sundays at 5:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time. The remaining
program week begins at 8:30 am and ends at 5:00 pm. Monday and
Thursday evenings have scheduled programs or time for "homework"
problems, research and mixing with researchers and other participants.
Housing and Support:
Lodging and meals (weekdays) will be provided during the program. Stipends of $720 will be paid to participants.
Limited travel support scholarships can be applied for on the DCI Program application.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 1, 2004.
(Early Acceptance Deadline: January 16, 2004).
Applicants to be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Applications will be accepted until all slots are filled.
Who Should Apply?
The program is intended primarily for teachers or supervisors of
mathematics or computer science in grades 9-12. Teams of teachers from
a single school or district are encouraged.