The Biological ESTEEM Project~~(Excel Simulations and Tools for Exploratory, Experiential Mathematics):~~Implementing NRC Bio 2010~s Recommendations for More Mathematics in Undergraduate Biology Education~~~~In 2003 NRC made eight major recommendations for the improvement of undergraduate biology education in its publication: BIO2010: Transforming Undergraduate Education for Future Research Biologists ~~< http://www.nap.edu/books/0309085357/html/> . The first two of these recommendations both emphasized the need for more attention to the inclusion of more mathematics: ~~~~~it is important that all students understand the growing relevance of quantitative science in addressing life-science questions. Thus, a better integration of quantitative applications in biology would not only enhance life science education for all students, but also decrease the chances that mathematically talented students would reject life sciences as too soft.~ ~ ~Most biology majors take no more than one year of calculus, although some also take an additional semester of statistics. Very few are exposed to discrete mathematics, linear algebra, probability, and modeling topics, which could greatly enhance their future research careers. These are often considered advanced courses; however, many aspects of discrete math or linear algebra that would be relevant to biology students do not require calculus as a prerequisite. While calculus remains an important topic for future biologists, the committee does not believe biology students should study calculus to the exclusion of other types of mathematics.~ ~~~~Explicit strategies for implementing these recommendations were the subject of a follow-up conference entitled ~Meeting the Challenges: Education Across the Biological, Mathematical and Computer Sciences~ ~~< http://www.maa.org/mtc/ > and a book published by the Mathematics Association of America entitled: Math & Bio: Linking Undergraduate Disciplines (ISBN 0-88385-818-5). We, members of the BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium, were funded to develop modules to address these challenges through a new initiative: The Biological ESTEEM Project (Excel(R) Simulations and Tools for Exploratory, Experiential Mathematics) . The recommended areas: ~discrete mathematics, linear algebra, probability, and modeling topics~ are illustrated through materials that we have developed in biochemistry, bioinformatics, biometrics, developmental biology, ecology, evolution, genetics, microbiology, and physiology. All materials are easily run on economical microcomputers (PCs and Macs) equipped with Microsoft Excel and a web browser. Biological ESTEEM modules are also freely downloadable from the ~Digital Classroom Resources~ site in the Mathematics NSDL (National Science Digital Library). Discussion of strategies for the adoption, adaptation, and implementation of these curricular materials in general biology classes as well as in upper level undergraduate biology courses are included on the web site along with the downloadable xls files.~~~~Support for this project was provided by three NSF grants: DUE-0232823 (National Dissemination BEDROCK), CFDA No. 47.076 (MAA NSDL), AAAS BEN NSDL, and EPIC (Engaging People in Cyberinfrastructure), the HHMI Digital Scholars program, matching funds from Beloit College, and generous contributions from members of the BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium.~~


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