Undergraduate Research Opportunities

For undergraduate research opportunities, we usually refer students to the AMS website, the SIAM website, our headline, and our SMALL webpage on other programs. Prof. Vélez has put together the following excellent list of programs with special features. Comments are most welcome either below or by emailing Frank Morgan.

Summer REU programs (updated 10 January 2015)
by William Yslas Vélez, University Distinguished Professor of Mathematics, The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona

Information about summer REU programs are available at the NSF website and also on the AMS website.

Most of these programs are for students in their junior year who have completed at least one proof-intensive course and at least some upper division course work in algebra, analysis or linear algebra.

I have read over the descriptions of the proposed activities for the REU sites. I have commented on programs that fit certain needs of undergraduates. In particular, I looked for those programs that students who had not started upper division courses could apply to. Many REU sites do not list the minimum prerequisites or I may have overlooked some so please look carefully at both websites.

Most of the summer REU programs require some computing background, so I will not list it separately as a requirement. This computing requirement may consist of either programming skills in some language or facility with some computational package.

Some summer programs that do not appear on the NSF website 

1. Brown University, ICERM

2. Miami University

3. USC Viterbi

Assist High School students 

PROMYS. This is a program for gifted high school students and math majors apply to be counselors to work with these high school students.

John Hopkins Center for Talented Youth.

For Secondary Mathematics Education Majors 

Illinois State University will recruit eight undergraduate mathematics education majors.

For Students Interested in Research on Mathematics Education

North Dakota State University. Tracing the roots of undergraduate learning through discipline-based education research.

For students who have completed two semesters of calculus 

Arizona State University, Mathematical and Theoretical Biology Institute. The site says that students who have completed at least their sophomore year and have completed two semesters of calculus can apply.

For students who have completed calculus and linear algebra 

1. Central Michigan University

2. Grand Valley State University.

3. University of Nevada, Reno.

For students who have completed three semesters of calculus, differential equations, and linear algebra 

Kansas State University. They will accept some students early in their careers.

For most of these summer REU programs, students do not receive undergraduate college credit. However, for some students, obtaining such credit can be useful. There are a few programs that offer such credit.

Programs where students earn undergraduate credit for participating. 

1. Boise State. Three units of undergraduate credit.

2. University of Wisconsin, Summer Institute for Training in Biostatistics (SIBS). Six units of credit, no mention of stipends.

3. Oregon State University. Twelve units (quarter system) of academic credit are earned.

Industrial Mathematics. 

1. Worchester Polytechnic Institute.

2. Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics. Research in Industrial Projects. Students who graduate in May can apply. International students can apply.

International Opportunities or Programs Open to International Students. 

1. DIMACS. “A small number of REU participants are selected to participate in an extension of the research experience. These students will travel to DIMATIA, at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, and will participate in the Midsummer Combinatorial Workshop as well as additional REU program activities.”

2. Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics. There is an international component in Hong King. Students who graduate in May can apply. International students can apply.

3. Arizona State University, Mathematical and Theoretical Biology Institute. International students are accepted, but on a very limited basis.

4. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis . The website states that non-citizens will receive a stipend of $4000, from which room and board expenses for dormitory and meal plan are deducted.

5. Williams College SMALL program.

6. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Of course a background in the biological sciences is required. Students of any nationality are eligible for the program.

7. ICERM at Brown University. Funding is available for a limited number of students who are not US citizens or permanent residents.

Mathematics and the Biological Sciences. 

1. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

2. Dordt College. Statistical Genetics.

3. Emory University. Biostatistics.

4. University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine.

5. National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis.

6. Winthrop University. Cancer biology and phylogenetics.

7. Florida International University.

Programs for Women 

1. Summer EDGE program. For women who have graduated and plan to pursue graduate studies in mathematics.

3. Institute for Advanced Study Program for Women.

Programs with a focus on under-represented students 

1. MSRI-UP.

2. Committee on Institutional Cooperation.

3. University of Wisconsin, Computational Biology and Biostatistics.

Almost all REU programs are for students who are undergraduates. I did find some for students who graduate in May 2015si.

Programs where graduates can apply 

1. Summer EDGE program. For women who have graduated and plan to pursue graduate studies in mathematics.

2. Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics.There is an international component in Hong King. Students who graduate in May can apply. International students can apply.

Many of the national labs have internship programs. These internship programs can be for the summer or for a semester. Here are some examples.

National labs 

1. Argonne National Labs.

2. Lincoln Laboratory, MIT.

3. US Department of Energy.

4. National Institute for Mathematical Biological Synthesis.

5. NIST.

5 Comments

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  2. Will Dickinson:

    The Grand Valley State University Mathematics REU should be listed in the section that reads: “For students who have completed two semesters of calculus (1 year) and linear algebra.” For details please visit our website: http://www.gvsu.edu/mathreu/

    Thanks, added—fm

    Like SMALL, we are also a National Alliance for Doctoral Studies in the Mathematical Sciences affiliated program. See http://www.mathalliance.org/programs.asp#reu for details

  3. Dave Kung:

    Our REU (St. Mary’s College of Maryland) is appropriately listed in the section on prerequisites – we should also be listed as one of those focused on under-represented students. For us, that includes under-represented minority students, first-generation college students, and women.

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