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Mathematics REU Program

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Participants spend eight weeks working on research projects. The projects are in a variety of mathematical areas, representing the diverse research interests of faculty in the ISU Mathematics Department, such as graph theory, numerical analysis, linear algebra, probability, and dynamical systems. Students will work in teams as part of active research groups at ISU. This is a research group based REU and all participants collaborate with others; if you prefer to work alone this REU is not a good fit for you. There is no workshop component to this REU. It is all research, although faculty and graduate students help the participants acquire relevant research background. Students are selected by project and each of the projects lists its prerequisites.

At the beginning of the summer the mentors explain the necessary background to the students. During most of the program, students conduct research, meeting daily with their faculty and graduate student mentors. In addition to their own research, students attend weekly REU Seminars, where they hear faculty lectures on a variety of mathematical topics and on such topics as using LaTeX and attending graduate school, but the focus is on research and there is no workshop or class component to this REU. The REU concludes with a symposium of student reports. Many projects submit papers for publication.

Compensation: Students will receive a stipend of about $3800 ($475 per week), on-campus lodging (in Frederiksen Court student apartments), some meals, and partial support for travel to and from Ames, Iowa.

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Iowa State University (Lead)

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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Page last updated 10/27/2016
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