The two summers and the intervening academic year will be spent working on research projects related to the response of biological systems to stress. Each entering student group will be working on a designated research project. They will either work in one project for their entire two-year experience or in two closely related projects under the guidance of one Mathematics faculty and one Biology faculty for each project. During this time they will gain an in-depth understanding of both the biology and mathematics that relate to their research. The research projects share similar mathematical and biological concepts, methodologies, and techniques, which allows all students to participate as one big group in the seminars and computer labs. Students will be strongly encouraged to work with other students outside their respective research groups, collaborate, and to provide assistance and peer mentoring. We will draw from the following projects over the three-year period of the ASMS project.