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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 2019

  • Kick-off event (Sept. 3 at 5pm)
  • A presentation on "How (not) to give a talk" (Wednesday, November 6 at 5 pm in Blocker 624)
  • Final presentations by undergraduate participants (Monday, November 25 and Monday, December 2 at 5pm in Blocker 220)
The Fall 2019 participants are:
  • Cristian Meraz (mentor: Konrad Wrobel)
  • Braden Yosko (mentor: Weston Baines)
  • Yun Lun (mentors: Priyanga Ganesan and Quyuan Lin)
  • Patrick Maedgen (mentor: Changningphaabi Namoijam)
  • William Frendreiss (mentor: Aleksandra Sobieska)
  • Claudio Romero (mentor: Alex Weygandt)
  • Olumayowa Olowomeye (mentor: Byeongsu Yu)
  • Isaac Ray (mentor: Pablo Sanchez Ocal)
To participate in Spring 2020, see below.

(NEW!) How to participate (undergraduates) - Spring 2020

We encourage applications from any undergraduate who is interested in learning interesting mathematics outside of the classroom. To apply to participate in Spring 2020: Applicants will be notified by November 7, 2019.

How to participate (graduate students) - Spring 2020

To be announced (by email)!

DRP Activities - Prior Semesters


The DRP is organized by Kari Eifler and Taylor Brysiewicz, 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 (CAREER 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).