Research Opportunities

 GENERAL INFORMATION

The Barnard Math department can help with funding for students who would like to further their research and for students who would like to attend a conference or workshop. Interested students should contact Prof. Dave Bayer, dbayer@barnard.edu (Chair, Barnard Math Dept.).

The American Mathematics Society (AMS) website lists many different opportunities for undergraduates interested in mathematics. This is a good place to begin finding out about career opportunities, study abroad possibilities, summer programs and internships, graduate study and so on. 

See also the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) website.

The American Statistics Association (ASA) created the This is Statistics website and campaign to raise awareness of the many interesting careers in statistics.

RESEARCH PROGRAMS FOR UNDERGRADUATES

Clemson University, South Carolina

There are some exciting opportunities upcoming at Clemson University provided by a Research Training Group in Coding Theory, Cryptography, and Number theory grant from the National Science Foundation. Visit http://www.math.clemson.edu/ccnt for additional information.

*Graduate fellowships*:  The grant will provide funding for students to attend graduate school at Clemson University that are interested in Coding Theory, Cryptography, and Number Theory. For more information on the fellowships (as well other opportunities the grant provides for our graduate students), please visit http://www.math.clemson.edu/ccnt.

If you have any questions about these programs, please do not hesitate to contact Jim Brown at jimlb@g.clemson.edu.

See also SUMMER PROGRAMS below.

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Institute for Computational and Experimental Research (ICERM)

ICERM is a National Science Foundation Mathematics Institute at Brown University in Providence, RI. Its mission is to broaden the relationship between mathematics and computation: specifically, to expand the use of computational and experimental methods in mathematics, to support theoretical advances related to computation, and address problems posed by the existence and use of the computer through mathematical tools, resarch and innovation. For more information, go to their website at icerm.brown.edu.

Contact Information:
ICERM
121 South Main Street
Box E, 11th Floor
Providence, RI 02903
401-863-5030
info@icerm.brown.edu

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Santa Fe Institute's Research Experiences for Undergraduates​

The Santa Fe Institute provides an opportunity to be immersed in interdisciplinary research, work independently on your own project, attend high-level lectures, and discuss new concepts. You can make life-long friends and important research contacts. The program is supported by the National Science Foundation and Arizona State University.

For more information, visit

http://santafe.edu/education/fellowships/undergraduate/undergrad-overview/

 

SUMMER PROGRAMS

To access the list, Research Experience for Undergraduates (REUs) Summer Programs, on the American Mathematics Society (AMS) website, go to http://www.ams.org/reu

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Clemson University, South Carolina

During the summer of 2017, Clemson University will offer two programs for undergraduates: Preparation for REU (pREU) and an REU.  Both programs are funded by the NSF as part of a Research Training Group grant so funding is restricted to US citizens and permanent residents.  Applications for these programs are being accepted through mathprograms at https://www.mathprograms.org/db/programs/494

 

APPLY BY FEBRUARY 15, 2017

 

Preparation for REU:  While REUs are a great way for undergraduates to gain research experience, many undergraduates fall into the category of not quite being ready to embark on original research. This summer we will offer a 5-week "Preparation for REU" program exploring concepts from linear algebra, groups, and finite fields, as well as selected topics in algebraic geometry and their application to distributed storage systems. We will take 5 students into this program. Students will receive a stipend of $3,400, travel reimbursement up to $500, a stipend of $600 for subsistence, and shared accommodations. This is run very similar to an REU, but instead of conducting original research, students will be exposed to topics they don't normally see in math courses and to complete a final project. This program will prepare students to participate in an REU in subsequent summers. This program is targeted at students that have just completed their freshmen or sophomore years. Please apply for this program through http://www.mathprograms.org or visit the website https://www.math.clemson.edu/ccnt/undergraduate/preu/

REU:  The REU is an 8-week program focusing on Coding Theory and Number Theory. Potential topics are: code graphics and multicast networks, codes for queue theory, and number theory. Students will work in teams of 2-4 students to conduct original research while being mentored by a faculty member. Students will receive a stipend of $4,000, travel reimbursement up to $500, a stipend of $800 for subsistence, and shared accommodations. Additional funds for students to travel and present their results will also be made available after the REU. For more information, please visit the website https://www.math.clemson.edu/ccnt/undergraduate/reu or apply through http://www.mathprograms.org.

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Nebraska Summer Research Program at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln

The program offers students an excellent opportunity to hone research skills and to experience life as a graduate student. Students will enhance their academic resume, work closely with faculty and peers, and have fun with social and professional development activities, all while receiving numerous benefits. Students historically underrepresented in graduate education are especially encouraged to apply. Due to funding restrictions, participation is limited to U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents (those holding a green card.)

Information about programs are listed at

http://www.unl.edu/summerprogram/research

and include projects in Biochemistry, Plant Science/Pathology, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Microbiology, Mechanical Engineering, Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, Optics and Laser Physics, Psychology, Redox Biology, Sociology, and Virology.

Their online application makes it easy for students to apply for up to three different research groups. Priority review of applications usually begins February 1 and all applications are usually due by March 1.

Go to  http://www.unl.edu/summerprogram/apply for more information.

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The National Science Foundation supports several Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs) with different emphases; some on math biology, some just for women, some for sophomores, some for more advanced students. You are paid for participating (enough to cover expenses). For information, visit

http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5517&from=fund

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There are also summer research programs run under different auspices. For example, the Columbia Mathematics department runs a 10-week summer research program aimed at rising junior and senior undergraduate math majors. Students participating in the program work closely with faculty members and graduate students in a small group setting. For information, visit

http://www.math.columbia.edu/programs-math/undergraduate-program/summer-undergraduate-research/.

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The National Science Foundation Mathematical Sciences Institutes have a few programs for undergraduates, though their main focus is at the graduate level and above. You can find more information at http://www.mathinstitutes.org

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There is also a lot of interesting information about mathematics on the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute website: www.msri.org

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A Barnard student gives an enthusiastic endorsement of the Carleton College summer Math program. http://www.math.carleton.edu/smp/

 

PROGRAMS FOR WOMEN

There are several well established and very worthwhile programs for women. Your expenses are paid (from grants from NSF, NSA and so on).  Here are two of the best.

The University of Nebraska in Lincoln has been running a weekend conference in late January for female undergraduate Math majors. There are about 150 participants from all over North America;  it is an enlightening and enjoyable experience. To check for updated information, go to http://unlcms.unl.edu/math/events

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The Institute for Advanced Study and Princeton University jointly run an 11-day program for undergraduates, graduate students and postdocs. For information, go to http://www.math.ias.edu/wam