MTBI Summer Program @ASU

The Mathematical and Theoretical Biology Institute (MTBI) is a summer research experience for undergraduates, dedicated to preparing undergraduate students, specifically underrepresented minorities, for the challenges of graduate school-level research in biology and applied mathematics.


  • Undergraduates who have completed at least their sophomore year
  • Majoring in math, biology, or related fields
  • At least one year of calculus
  • Latinos, Native Americans and African Americans are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • International students are accepted, but on a very limited basis.


MTBI at a glance

  • Since 1996, MTBI has enrolled 439 first-time undergraduate students and 76 advanced (returning) students.
  • 260 (70%) are underrepresented minorities (Hispanic, African-American and Native American students).
  • 70% of U.S. MTBI student participants had enrolled in graduate or professional school programs
  • 101 US MTBI student participants have completed their Ph.Ds.
  • MTBI was honored by the White House with the 2011 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM), recognizing our commitment to STEM mentoring.


Participating U.S. citizens/students will receive airfare and transportation to Tempe, Arizona (up to $500), room & board and a $4,000 stipend (notification of award amount by March 20).


All application materials must be submitted by January 31, 2016.  Any late material will not be considered.  Any incomplete application packets will not be considered.


  • Completed MTBI application (accessible by the link above)
  • Your Personal Statement: This should be approximately 500 words (no more than two pages, double spaced) describing your interest in preparation for and/or commitment to your academic pursuits and reasons for applying to MTBI summer research program.  Note: a resume is not a personal statement.
  • An official copy of your college/university transcript is required.  Unofficial transcripts are not accepted.
  • Download the Faculty Letter of Recommendation form (found below) for your faculty reference to complete. This form should accompany the letter of recommendation written by your faculty reference.  The letter may be sent directly from your Faculty Reference to the address on the form, or you may submit it with your application materials.


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