MSRI, Mathematical Sciences Research Institute

Program ID: MSRI-REU [#403]
Program Title: MSRI-UP 2016
Program Type: Undergraduate program
Program Location: Berkeley, California 94720, United States [map]
Subject Area: Sandpile Groups
Application Deadline: 2016/02/15 finished (posted 2015/11/29, finished 2016/08/21, listed until 2016/03/14)
Program Description:    

*** this program has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

The 2016 Mathematical Sciences Research Institute Undergraduate Program (MSRI-UP) is a comprehensive summer program designed for undergraduate students who have completed at least two years of university-level mathematics courses and would like to conduct research in the mathematical sciences.

The main objective of the MSRI-UP is to identify talented students, especially those from underrepresented groups, who are interested in mathematics and make available to them meaningful research opportunities, the necessary skills and knowledge to participate in successful collaborations, and a community of academic peers and mentors who can advise, encourage and support them through a successful graduate program.

Application Deadline: Applications submitted by February 15, 2016 will receive full consideration; applications submitted by March 1, 2016 may also be considered in a second round of acceptances. We expect to begin making offers for participation in late February or early March.

Due to funding restrictions, only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply and the program cannot accept foreign students regardless of funding.

The research topic of the 2016 MSRI-UP program is Sandpile Groups, a topic at the intersection of group theory, combinatorics, linear algebra and algebraic geometry. Students who have had a linear algebra course and a course in which they have had to write proofs are eligible to apply.

During the summer, each of the 18 student participants will:

  • participate in the mathematics research program under the direction of Dr. Luis Garcia-Puente of Sam Houston State University
  • complete a research project done in collaboration with other MSRI-UP students
  • give a presentation and write a technical report on his/her research project
  • attend a series of colloquium talks given by leading researchers in their fields
  • attend workshops aimed at developing skills and techniques needed for research careers in the mathematical sciences
  • learn techniques that will maximize a student's likelihood of admissions to graduate programs as well as the likelihood of winning fellowships
  • receive a $3100 stipend, lodging, meals and round trip travel to Berkeley, CA.

After the summer, each student will:

  • have an opportunity to attend national mathematics or science conferences where s/he will present their research
  • be part of a network that will provide continuous advice in the long term as s/he makes progress in her/his studies
  • be contacted regarding future research opportunities.


Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the program description.

Further Info:
http://www.msri.org/up
http://www.msri.org/msri_ups/807
 
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