Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
2014 REU Program Details
The purpose of the program is to give ten motivated and talented students an opportunity to learn
the process of doing mathematical research and to learn more about mathematics as a discipline and
The 2014 program is scheduled to run from Monday, June 23th, through Friday, August 15th.
Applications received by February 19, 2014 will be considered for the initial round of
Participants must be United States citizens or permanent residents and should be returning to their
undergraduate institutions for at least one semester. Preference is given to those graduating
the year following the summer program. Students from underrepresented groups in mathematics
are strongly encouraged to apply.
Participants receive a $3000 stipend, $1000 travel allowance, $300 in post program travel support,
and a housing allowance (to be determined). In addition, 12 units of academic credit (quarter system)
are earned, and tuition and fees are paid. During the program, we make a point of discussing
graduate and career opportunities. We do our best to offer advice and support after the program and
have been able to send several students to present their results at professional conferences.
The students spend a large portion of their time working on research projects. A few students come up
with their own project, but most work on projects suggested by the faculty. Often students work
jointly on a project, and students are encouraged to assist with each other's projects. We view
computation positively as valuable experimental tools in mathematics, but our final goal is always
to give a proof or mathematical explanation of patterns observed.
In general, projects emphasize research with a high level of scholarship. We don't require, however
in general we do anticipate the projects to result in publication, either in a professional journal
or an undergraduate journal. But we do require that each student or team of students submit a written
report before leaving. All reports appear in our proceedings series
Students give two talks during the program, one near the beginning and one final presentation. We
also have a number of panel discussions about conducting research, graduate school, and careers
in mathematics. A variety of guests give seminar talks on a wide range of mathematical topics
in our REU colloquium. Students share an office in the mathematics building, and have access to
computers and the library. We have afternoon teas and a few non-obligatory social events as well,
including pizza parties and game nights.
The program is directed by Holly Swisher of the mathematics department. For the summer of 2014, we
will have projects directed by Yevgeniy Kovchegov, Clay Petsche, and Holly Swisher of the
mathematics department, as well as Glencora Borradaile and Mike Rosulek of the computer scicence
Details on Potential Projects:
Additional details on potential research projects and faculty supervising the projects is available
at the project description page