Summer Mathematics Research Institute, Mount Holyoke College

Program ID: MHC-REU [#110]
Program Title: Summer Mathematics Research Institute
Program Location: South Hadley, Massachusetts 01075, United States [map]
Application Deadline: 2012/02/20 finished (posted 2011/12/20, finished 2012/07/23, listed until 2012/03/19)
Program Description:    

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

The purpose of the Summer Mathematics Institute at Mount Holyoke is to engage undergraduates in an intensive mathematical research experience. Students work in groups of about five, each group carrying out a project under the supervision of faculty advisors.  A typical day begins with the group meeting with the faculty advisor to plan the day's activities and ends with an afternoon tea.  Once a week the students give presentations on their progress in their various projects. We also encourage the students to present their results in mathematics meetings at the end of the summer and during the following year.  With the help of their advisor, each project produces one or more final written reports on their work and posted on our web site.


We are generally looking for students between their junior and senior year in college.  Applicants are selected based on the courses they have taken, their grades, recommendations from faculty members, and the applicant's statement of interest. Women and students from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Since our support comes from the National Science Foundation, the students supported by our program must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.


$3,600 plus room.


Please submit all materials online.  Be sure to include the information below in your cover letter.
  • A list of all mathematics and statistics courses taken.
  • A description of your computer experience.
  • A preference for one of the two projects (CAD or Math/Stat) if you have one.
  • An explanation of your interest in participating in our summer institute. 
  • You may include any additional information that would help us evaluate your application.
Projects for 2012

Problems in Computer Aided Design
with professors Jessica Sidman and Audrey Lee-St.John

This summer, we will use algebra and graph theory to investigate the rigidity of geometric systems that come from Computer Aided Design (CAD) software. CAD software allows mechanical engineers to create systems describing anything from computer mice to airplanes. This work should lead to significant advances in the computational methods required to give valuable user feedback and improve underlying solvers in CAD applications.

A competitive candidate will have a background in mathematics or computer science and have taken linear algebra and multivariable calculus. Additional knowledge in any of the following would be helpful: abstract algebra, graph theory, projective geometry, programming experience. Students will be given an introduction to rigidity theory and have the opportunity to interact with popular CAD software.

Mathematical and Statistical Analysis for real-world problems  with professors Ji Young Kim and Jung-Jin Lee

This project will be on the applications of Mathematical Analysis and Statistics to real world data. Our group will study various models and their underlying mathematical theory. Students will perform statistical programming for simulation studies and real data analysis.

Coursework in Mathematics such as Probability, Linear Algebra, Multivariate Calculus, and an intermediate level of Statistics will be expected. Some familiarity with Real Analysis or Regression Analysis would be helpful.


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

Further Info:
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, MA 01075

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