National Science Foundation

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU):
Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science at Oregon State University


REU 2021 Application Deadline : 02/24/21 (8:59pm pacific / 11:59pm eastern)
Application Instructions

REU 2021 Dates: 06/21/21-08/13/21

Notes: We are currently planning for either a remote REU or an in-person REU depending on pandemic conditions. A final decision will be made by March at the latest.



This is the home page for the Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program in Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science at Oregon State University. OSU has offered a REU Program in Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science nearly every summer since 1987!

The program is directed by Holly Swisher, and will support 10 undergraduate students for eight weeks during the summers of 2019, 2020, and 2021.

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 previous students.

Ryan Tamura (2020): "The OSU research program is simply outstanding in giving fascinating research projects and creating an inclusive and friendly research environment. The program has given me wonderful colleagues that I'll keep in touch with and has been an enormous opportunity. Any student looking for a rigorous, authentic, and wonderful summer research experience should definitely apply!"

Simran Khunger (2020): "This REU was one of the most important mathematical experiences I've had."

Krista Wurscher (2019): "Participating in the REU at Oregon State University was a valuable experience that provided me with the opportunity to explore my interests in mathematics, learn independently with the support of a mentor, and collaborate with a small group of individuals on an interesting project."

Laura Seaberg (2019): "This program has an excellent mix of support and independent study in its design. In addition to your research area, the colloquia are also a great opportunity to be exposed to math outside of the typical undergraduate curriculum!"

Brian Diaz (2016): "I simply cannot think of a better research experience than what OSU provided. This is perhaps the best summer I've had!"

Patrick Dynes (2015): "I appreciated that the OSU REU gave us a genuine research experience. The research projects were fun, but often frustrating, challenges. This allowed us to shape the direction of the projects as we delved deeper into our research. I think this is the most important goal of an REU: to show students what research is actually like, and to encourage those students who decide they might want to pursue mathematics after the program is complete."

Alexa Rust (2013): "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 (2013): "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 (2010): "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 experience."