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Directed Reading Program

The Directed Reading Program (DRP) gives undergraduates the opportunity to:
  • work one-on-one with a graduate mentor for the semester,
  • learn an area of mathematics not covered in any course, and
  • gain valuable presentation skills.


The DRP pairs undergraduate students with graduate-student mentors for an independent reading course. Undergraduate participants are expected to:
  • meet once per week with the graduate-student mentor,
  • work independently for approximately three hours between meetings, and
  • give a 10- to 15-minute talk on their project at the end of the semester.

DRP Activities - Fall 2018

  • Kick-off event (Wed. Sept. 5 at 5pm in Blocker 605AX)
  • A presentation on "How (not) to give a talk" (Wed. Nov. 7 at 5pm in Blocker 605 AX)
  • Final presentations by undergraduate participants (Wed. Nov. 28 at 5pm in Blocker 220)
The Fall 2018 participants and their topics are:
  • William Brett Boyer (mentor: Quyuan Lin) - "Some mathematical theories to fluid dynamics"
  • Chase Colbert (mentor: Wei-Lun Tsai) - "The distribution of prime numbers"
  • Tyson Mailloux (mentor: Weston Baines) - "Survey of machine learning With applications"
  • Kristopher Rakestraw (mentor: Konrad Wrobel) - "Percolation theory"
To participate in Spring 2019, see below.

How to participate (undergraduates) - Spring 2019

We encourage applications from any undergraduate who:
  • has completed a year-long calculus sequence, and
  • is interested in learning interesting mathematics outside of the classroom.
To apply to participate in Spring 2019: Applicants will be notified by November 5, 2018 (round 1) or by November 8, 2018 (round 2).

How to participate (graduate students) - Spring 2019

Graduate students can apply by filling out the Google Form below (due October 26, 2018):
Graduate applicants will be notified by November 5, 2018.


The DRP is organized by Kari Eifler and Eric Tovar, with faculty mentor Anne Shiu.


Project ideas from other DRPs can be found at the websites of the DRP Network, the Maryland DRP, and the University of Texas DRP.


The DRP is supported by the National Science Foundation (grant DMS-1752672), a Montague-CTE (Center for Teaching Excellence) Scholar grant, and a DRP Network mini-grant supported by the National Science Foundation (grant IUSE-1740143).