University of Connecticut, Department of Mathematics

25 1053Program ID: UConn-MCREU21 [#1053, MCREU20]
Program Title: Markov Chains REU
Program Location: Storrs Mansfield, Connecticut 06269-1009, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Probability, Stochastic Processes, Markov chains
Application Deadline: 2021/03/15 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2021/01/04)
Program Description:    

Interested in experiencing research in probability? 

Join us this summer for the fourth Markov Chains REU at UConn's beautiful Storrs Campus or online (photos guaranteed), depending on... you know.  

The program is eight weeks long, from Monday June 7th through Friday July 30st.

The program is  is generously funded by a grant from the National Security Agency with help from department of mathematics at UConn. The program is organized and run by Dr. lddo Ben-Ari.

Due to funding and accounting constraints, we will only consider applications from US citizens or permanent residents. We are very sorry, but we cannot make any exceptions under any circumstances, even with other sources of funding.   If you are not a US citizen or a US permanent resident,  please do not apply.  

In this program
  • We will explore some aspects of the  rich and fascinating theory and ubiquitous applications of Markov Chains, through hands-on mathematical research. 
  • We will work on scientific communication, teamwork skills and technical skills (writing proofs, LaTeX, creating simulations). 
  • We will hold regular mini-courses, mini-projects,  guest speakers and  recreational math sessions. 
  • We will work on grad school applications, and will followup and support participants after the program.  
  • We will have fun. Guaranteed. 
After two-three weeks dedicated to preparation and getting to know each other better, we will split students into two-three person groups, each working on an individual research project. Visit our website for a description of the research projects from previous years. 

We are looking to form a scientifically diverse group. Although our research is in pure math, we do not restrict our selection to math majors.  Nevertheless, we expect students to have very strong mathematical footing and some basic knowledge of undergraduate probability. Acquaintance with Markov chains or stochastic processes is welcome but is not a requirement. 

Each student will receive a stipend of $4,000 and - if we run the program in person in Storrs - housing  for the duration of the program (a little before or after, if necessary) in shared dorms on campus. 

Additional support to help cover travel costs may be available. 

To apply, submit the following: 
  • At least two reference letters. 
  • A Statement of Interest addressed to Dr. Ben-Ari (up to two pages) explaining your mathematical interests and background,  reasons to participate in this particular program and what you expect to gain, your own assessment of your  level of preparation,  additional skills and/or anything you'd like us to consider. Generic or template-generated statements are not recommended.  
  • Updated CV. 
Questions? Check our website (it's under constant construction) or email us at

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:
Markov Chains REU
Department of Mathematics
341 Mansfield Rd
Storrs, CT 06269-1009

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