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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 will begin in Fall 2018 (see below for how to apply).


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.

How to participate (undergraduates)

We encourage applications from any undergraduate who:
  • will be a sophomore, junior, or senior during the semester of the program, and
  • has completed a year-long calculus sequence.
To apply to participate in Fall 2018: Applicants will be notified by April 20.

How to participate (graduate students)

Graduate students can apply by filling out the Google Form below:

application for graduate students

Graduate applicants will be notified by the first week of May.


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 Maryland DRP and the University of Texas DRP.


The DRP is supported by the National Science Foundation (grant DMS-1752672).