Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
REU 2016 Application Deadline : TBA
REU 2016 Dates : 06/20/2015 - 08/12/2015
We are happy to annouce that we have funding for programs in the summers of 2015-2017!
This is the home page for the Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program in Mathematics at
Oregon State University. OSU has offered a REU Program in Mathematics for 28 years!
Holly Swisher is directing the program this year. The program will support 10
undergraduate students and will run for eight weeks during the summers of 2015. 2016, and 2017. This site contains links to more detailed description of the program, descriptions of potential projects, and application information.
Why consider Oregon State University? Three good reasons are the beautiful location, the helpful
faculty and the range of projects available. Here are some comments by students who were in the program during the past few years.
Alexa Rust: "I cannot think of a better way to have spent my summer. I made great friends
and had a fantastic time doing mathematical research."
Joey Dickens: "A great place to do math for the summer. The advisors help their students
just enough to allow them to do their own original thinking. A great experience!"
Matt Mizuhara: "The Oregon State University REU in mathematics provided me an incredible and
enlightening exposure to extensive research. The tools gained will last a lifetime, and the
experiences had will always be some of my most memorable. It was a truly unique and broadening
Emily Putnam: "The REU at OSU is a wonderful, intellectually stimulating program, providing
great exposure to higher math. Come and have fun for your summer working in areas you won't see in
your regular program."
Jennifer Kimble: "The REU at Oregon State is definitely worth your time. The atmosphere is
relaxed, so all you have to worry about is your project. The state of Oregon is absolutely beautiful
and is a 'must see' for everyone."
Shawn Alspaugh: "The OSU REU is a great experience. You get the opportunity to do interesting
math at your own pace in your own style with professors who are really knowledgeable and helpful.
You learn a lot about a wide variety of topics, as well as learning a specific area very deeply.
Also, Oregon is a beautiful state to enjoy on those moments when you are away from the mathematics
that you work on throughout the week."
Braden Soper: "The Oregon State University REU was a great experience that made for a
wonderful summer. It provided an intellectually and socially stimulating environment placed in one
of the most beautiful states in the country. I highly recommend it. GO BEAVERS!"
Kathleen Meloney: "The Oregon State REU Program was a great learning experience for me. This
program helped me get a better understanding for what is involved in mathematical research and how
to tackle large problems by breaking them into smaller pieces. Corvallis, although a small town,
has a whole lot to offer during the summer. It was obvious during the summer that Oregonians
enthusiastically celebrate the few months of dry weather they get!! The summer weather here is truly
amazing--and this is coming from a native Floridian!! With the interesting city of Eugene, Portland,
and the coast all within driving distance, it really is a great place a spend the summer."
Danica Dralus: "The REU at Oregon State University is a wonderful program. Many of my friends
have attended mathematics REU's at other universities, and they say they had nothing to do, that
the professors didn't push them to actually work, that it was a paid vacation. This is not the case
at Oregon. The professors did ask for effort from their students, and as students we really got
engrossed in our topics. I felt pushed to understand and subsequently compelled to perform. The
guidance I received was a perfect blend of helpful hints and time to think things through by myself.
The lectures provided glimpses into different topics in mathematics, and their informal setting made
them more accessible. In addition, Oregon surprised me with its beauty, and Corvallis presented plenty
of cultural activities close to campus. I have yet to hear of a program people enjoyed more than the
one at OSU."