REU - Mathematics, Texas A&M University

Program ID: TAMUMath-REU [#503]
Program Title: Research Experience for Undergraduates 2017
Program Type: Undergraduate program
Program Location: College Station, Texas 77843, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Three programs at Texas A&M in: Number Theory, Mathematics of Topological Quantum Computing, and Algebraic Methods in Computational Biology
Starting Date: 2017/05/30
Application Deadline: 2017/02/15 finished (posted 2016/11/03, finished 2017/06/19)
Program Description:    

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

General REU Program Information

The Department of Mathematics at Texas A&M will host an eight-week Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) from May 30 to July 21 in the summer of 2017. We will have programs in:

  1. number theory,
  2. mathematics of topological quantum computing, and
  3. algebraic methods in computational biology.
We expect two to five student participants for each program. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply. Support for the program has been provided by the National Science Foundation.

Program Expectations

The REU is a full-time eight-week summer position. Students are expected to work on mathematics and research approximately 40 hours every week the program is in session.
  1. Students will give short presentations (5-10 minutes) on their projects and results during the program.
  2. Students will write a report on their research. This will be approximately 10-15 pages long.
  3. Students will make individual final 20-minute mini-symposium presentations on their research projects during the last week of the program.
  4. Students will learn LaTeX for writing mathematical articles, reports, and making presentations.
  5. Students may learn to use and program a computer algebra system such as MATLAB, Sage, or Mathematica.


Applicants should be highly motivated and successful undergraduates who are comfortable with calculus, basic matrix manipulations, and elementary linear algebra. No special prior experience with mathematical software or computers is required. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents and must not have received their bachelors degree before the start of the summer program.

Stipend and Support

Participating students will be provided free on-campus housing, along with an anticipated stipend of $4000 for the 8-week program plus subsidized travel (up to approximately $750) to and from College Station.

Application Information

Please include the following when applying:
  1. Unofficial transcript. A low quality but legible scan of an official transcript is preferred. Your name and the institution's name must be clearly displayed on the transcript. Official transcripts may be required upon admission to the program.
  2. A cover letter (250-400 words) describing why you are applying to our program, what careers you are considering, and how you expect our program to benefit you. (A cover letter is a letter to the selection committee, so it begins with a greeting and ends with a closing that includes your full name. Also, please include your contact information.)
  3. Two letters of recommendation, preferably by faculty members at your college or university or by professional contacts. Please ask your letter writers to provide their full university or professional contact information, and to evaluate your work ethic, willingness to face new challenges and learn new material, writing ability (if known) and mathematical potential.
  4. A 1-page (up to approximately 400 words) answer to one of the following two questions:
    Please indicate which question it is you are answering, and include your name in your file.

    1. Tell us about a positive learning, work, or project experience you have had with mathematics. What math did it involve? What work did you do for this experience? What did you most enjoy? What did it teach you about yourself and your interests?

    2. Choose one concept in mathematics that interests you. What is it? Why do you find it interesting? What work have you done with it? What more would you like to learn about it?

  5. (OPTIONAL) Describe any challenges or obstacles you have had to overcome in order to achieve your current level of success. (250-400 words)
    Please in your your name in the file.
For full consideration, you application must be complete by February 15, 2017.

More Information

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Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website:
Further Info:
(979) 862-4306
Department of Mathematics, MS 3368
Texas A&M University
College Station, Texas 77843-3368

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