North Carolina State University, Mathematics

Program ID: NCSU-DRUMS [#1054]
Program Title: Summer 2021 REU
Program Type: Undergraduate program
Program Location: Raleigh, North Carolina 27695-8205, United States [map]
Subject Areas: mathematics, statistics
Application Deadline: 2021/02/15 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2021/01/04, listed until 2021/07/04)
Program Description:    

Summer 2021 REU: DRUMS – Directed Research for Undergraduates in Math and Statistics

The Mathematics and Statistics Departments of North Carolina State University invite qualified applicants for a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program that pairs mathematics and statistics students for interdisciplinary summer research projects. Proposed projects span applications in applications including disease modeling (COVID-19), physiology, imaging, and extreme weather events; using tools from linear algebra, partial differential equations, probability, sensitivity analysis, parameter inference, optimization, and machine learning. In addition to the technical aspects of the program, students also receive a background on useful auxiliary skills like mathematical programming, writing reports in LaTeX, applying for graduate school, and preparing scientific presentations.

For the DRUMS program 20 students will work at NCSU (or remotely if COVID restrictions remain) for 10 weeks during the summer and and the 2021 fall semester. Formal summer activities will be May 24th – August 1st, with arrival on May 23rd and departure on August 1st. The work during the fall semester will be conducted online. The time commitment for this part of the program will be approximately 5 hours per week including a 1h weekly remote meeting.

We encourage students of all backgrounds to apply. This includes students who might have nontraditional mathematical and/or statistical training, or who are just beginning their mathematical studies.

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Students will need to submit a curriculum vitae/resume, a transcript (unofficial is fine), and two reference letters. In addition, students will need to submit a one-page personal statement. One letter should list a local faculty member who is willing to serve as a contact to NCSU faculty (the contact person is needed to help coordinate activities during the fall semester). The personal statement should include reason(s) why you wish to participate in the DRUMS REU at NCSU.

Due to restrictions from NSF and NSA, our program is restricted to US citizens and permanent residents, and participants must be undergraduate students at the time of participation.

Application Deadline: Review of applications begins February 15th and will continue until all slots are filled.

Contact Information Dr. Mette Olufsen (, Professor of Mathematics, NC State University Dr. Brian Reich (, Distinguished Professor of Statistics, NC State University

Required Application Material - Personal Statement (include name of local faculty mentor) - Transcript - CV or Resume - Two Reference Letters (include information of local faculty contact)

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:
Department of Mathematics
2311 Stinson Drive, SAS Hall
Raleigh, NC 27695-8205, USA

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