Research Experience for Undergraduates 2014
The Department of Mathematics at Texas A&M will host an eight-week Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) from June 2 to July 25 in the summer of 2014. We will have programs in number theory, mathematical modeling in biology, and algorithmic algebraic geometry. We expect five student participants for each program. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply. Support for the program has been provided by the National Science Foundation.
- The REU is a full-time summer position. Students are expected to work on mathematics and research approximately 40 hours every week.
- Students will give bi-weekly short presentations (5-10 minutes) on what they learn and their research results during the program.
- Students will write a report on their research. This will be approximately 10-15 pages long.
- Students will make individual final 20 minute mini-symposium presentations on their research projects during the last week of the program.
- Students will learn LaTeX for writing mathematical articles, reports, and making presentations.
- Students may learn to use and program a computer algebra system such as MATLAB, Sage, or Mathematica.
Applicants should be highly motivated and successful undergraduates who are comfortable with calculus, basic matrix manipulations and elementary linear algebra. Students in the mathematical modeling in biology program should have some background in differential equations. Students interested in pursuing statistical modeling should also have had an introductory statistics course. No special prior experience with mathematical software or computers is required. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents and must not have received their bachelors degree before the start of the summer program.
Stipend and Support
Participating students will be provided free on-campus housing, along with an anticipated stipend of $4000 for the 8 week program plus subsidized travel to and from College Station.
Application Instructions and Deadlines
All application materials (including letters of recommendation) are due on February 17, 2014. For full consideration apply by this date. All applications must be submitted through the link to MathPrograms.org below.
The following information is required with each application:
- Unofficial transcripts. A low quality but legible scan of an
official transcript is preferred. Your name and the institutions
name must be clearly displayed on the transcript. Official
transcripts may be required upon admission to the program.
- A cover letter (250-400 words) describing why you are applying to
our program, what careers you are considering, and how you expect our
program to benefit you. Notice that a cover letter is a letter
to the selection committee, so it begins with a greeting and ends with
a closing that includes your full name. Letters also generally
include your contact information.
- Two letters of recommendation, preferably by faculty members at
your college or university or by professional contacts. Please ask
your letter writers to provide their full university or professional
contact information (professional letterhead or equivalent
preferred), and to evaluate your work ethic, willingness to face new
challenges and learn new material, writing ability (if known) and
- A 1-page (~400 word) answer to one of the following two questions:
Please indicate which question it is you are answering and put your name in your file.
- Tell us about a positive learning, work or project experience
you have had with mathematics. What math did it involve? What work
did you do for this experience? What did you most enjoy? What did it
teach you about yourself and your interests?
- Choose one concept in mathematics that interests you. What is it? Why do you find it interesting? What work have you done with it? What more would you like to learn about it?
- Tell us about a positive learning, work or project experience you have had with mathematics. What math did it involve? What work did you do for this experience? What did you most enjoy? What did it teach you about yourself and your interests?
- (OPTIONAL) Describe any challenges or obstacles you have had to
overcome in order to achieve your current level of success. (250-400
Please put your name in your file.
Questions?Email: Dr. Jean Marie Linhart at email@example.com
Applications and supporting materials should arrive by February 17, 2014 to ensure full consideration. Early applications are encouraged.