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Biomathematics Alliance for Scholarship, Teaching, and Advanced Research Development
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About the IBA

Vision Statement

Our vision is to be a diverse multi-institutional consortium that sponsors synergistic activities of biomathematics researchers, educators, and students in order to promote educational and research opportunities.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide a platform expanding access to a diverse network of scholars and resources at the interface of biology, mathematics, and computational science to enhance research and education opportunities for researchers, educators and students.

The IBA's Collaborative Research Philosophy

The IBA Board of Directors encourages and supports collaborative scholarly activities among its members in the pursuit of producing high-quality research in mathematical biology and related fields. The Board of Directors endorses the IBA's Complete Collaborative Research Statement.


Members of the IBA include Institutions, whose faculty and students are considered Institutional Members. The IBA welcomes all faculty, students, scientists, scholars, researchers, or educators from non-IBA member institutions as Individual Members.

The IBA is governed by a Board of Directors according to guidelines as stated in the IBA bylaws.

Institutional Members are eligible to be selected as IBA Faculty Mentors. All IBA members are eligible to ​be selected as Research Associates.

IBA Personnel

Executive Director
  Olcay Akman, PhD
  Dept. of Mathematics
  Illinois State University
Academic Technology Coordinator
  Ryan Bunge, MS
  Dept. of Mathematics
  Illinois State University

Assistant to the Director

  Diane Smith
Illinois State University

IBA Graduate Program Director
  James Peirce, PhD
  Dept. of Mathematics and Statistics
  University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Highlighted Programs

The IBA is proud to support sponsor the following:

  • BEAM: Biomathematics Education with Applications and Methods Grant,
  • BEER: Biomathematics and Ecology Education and Research Symposium,
  • CURE: Cross-institutional Undergraduate Workshop Experience Workshop,
  • OUR-BEST: Outstanding Undergraduate Research in Biomathematics Education, Scholarship, and Teaching Prize,
  • PEER​: Partners in Extending Education and Research,
  • IBA-GCP: IBA Graduate Certificate Program,
  • TLIB: The Letters in Biomathematics Journal,
  • SPORA: Undergraduate Biomathematics Research Journal.