National Science Foundation

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

2015 REU Program Details



Purpose:
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 profession.

Dates:
The 2015 program is scheduled to run from Monday, June 22th, through Friday, August 14th. Applications received by February 18, 2015 will be considered for the initial round of offers.

Eligibility:
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.

Benefits:
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.

Research Projects:
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.

Other Activities:
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 Staff:
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 department.

Details on Potential Projects:
Additional details on potential research projects and faculty supervising the projects is available at the project description page .