Brown University, Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics

Program ID: ICERM-SI2022 [#1199]
Program Title: Summer@ICERM: Undergraduate Summer Research Program: Computational Combinatorics
Program Type: Undergraduate program
Program Location: Providence, Rhode Island 02912, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Mathematics
Application Deadline: finished (2021/11/22, finished 2022/11/26)
Program Description:    

*** this program has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***

SUMMER@ICERM: Undergraduate Summer Research Program at Brown University

"Computational Combinatorics" from June 13 - August 5, 2022

Organizing Committee: Susanna Fishel (Arizona State University), Pamela Harris (Williams College), Gordon Rojas Kirby (Arizona State University)

The eight-week Summer@ICERM 2022 program is designed for a select group of 18-22 undergraduate scholars. It comes with a $3,800 stipend. Providence, RI room, board, and travel funding provided for in-person programming, pandemic permitting. When completing the application, please provide brief responses to open ended questions. 

The faculty advisers will present a The Summer@ICERM faculty advisers will present a variety of research projects on the combinatorics of parking functions. This overarching theme will allow participants to study and analyze parking functions by leveraging computational techniques and theory. Faculty will also guide the development of open-source computational tools for analyzing parking functions and their statistics, with time devoted to creating a database of parking functions and their generalizations.

Throughout the eight-week program, 18-22 students will work on their projects in groups of two to four, supervised by faculty advisors and aided by teaching assistants. Students will meet daily, give regular talks about their findings, attend mini-courses, guest talks, and professional development seminars, and will acquire skills in free software development. Students will learn how to collaborate mathematically, working closely in their teams to write up their research into a paper.

2022 Proposed Research Topics
  • Project 1: Invariant and Prime Parking Sequences
  • Project 2: Statistics on parking functions and their generalizations
  • Project 3: Connection to posets and graph theory, alegebraic structures, and discrete geometry

ICERM provides an excellent research environment. Students, faculty, and TAs will have access to ICERM’s computer facilities and specialized software. ICERM staff will provide logistical support for students and will help build community through fun activities and events.

More program details are available at

Funding Includes:

  • $3,800 stipend
  • Providence, RI room, board, and travel funding provided for in-person programming, pandemic permitting. (Brown University students who choose not to live in ICERM provided housing will waive dorm and meal funding.)


  • Applicants must be matriculating undergraduate students at the time of the start of Summer@ICERM 2022.
  • Funding is available for a very small number of students who are not US citizens or permanent residents. 

Students must apply via by February 14, 2022, to receive full consideration. ICERM will begin making offers between late February and early March 2022. 

ICERM is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

Application Materials Required:
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Further Info:
email address
Brown University/ICERM
Box 1995
Providence, RI 02912