National Science Foundation

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

2021 REU Program Details

The purpose of the program is to give ten motivated and talented students an opportunity to learn the process of doing research in mathematics and theoretical computer science and to learn more about these areas as a discipline and profession. profession.

The 2021 program is scheduled to run from Monday, June 21nd, through Friday, August 13th. Applications must be received by February 24, 2021.

Participants must be United States citizens or permanent residents and must be returning to their undergraduate institutions for at least one semester. Some preference is given to those graduating the year following the summer program.

Underrepresented groups:
Students from underrepresented groups in STEM are strongly encouraged to apply.

Participants receive a $4000 stipend, and if the program is held in-person also a $500 travel allowance and a double-occupancy room in campus housing. In addition, 12 units of academic credit (quarter system) are earned, and tuition and most 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 encourage students to present their results at professional conferences.

Research Projects:
Participants are expected to spend the majority of their time working on research projects supervised by their faculty mentors. Teams are encouraged to work together for maximum benefit, but some students may additionally work on solo projects. The use of computation can be an invaluable tool in investigating mathematical phenomena and is also encouraged. In general, our projects emphasize research with a high level of scholarship. Each team of students submits a written report of their research at the end of the program which appears in our proceedings series. In addition, before the end of the program each research group will hold a strategy session on publishing and research dissemination. This will include planning for publishing a paper in a research journal, if possible. Such research journals may be aimed at undergraduates, professionals, or both.

Other Activities:
Students give two talks during the program, one near the beginning and one final presentation. We also host two panel discussions for professional development. The first, near the beginning of the program, covers the basics of conducting research. The second, toward the end of the program, covers questions students may have about graduate school and careers in STEM. 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 social events as well, including pizza parties and game nights.

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