Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics, Brown University

Program ID: ICERM-SI2018 [#632]
Program Title: Summer@ICERM: Undergraduate Summer Research Program: Low Dimensional Topology and Geometry
Program Type: Undergraduate program
Program Location: Providence, Rhode Island 02912, United States [map]
Subject Area: Mathematics
Application Deadline: 2018/02/21** finished (2017/12/11, finished 2018/03/28)
Program Description:    

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

SUMMER@ICERM: Undergraduate Summer Research Program at Brown University

"Low Dimensional Topology and Geometry" from June 11 - August 3, 2018

Organizing Committee: Tarik Aougab (Brown University), Moira Chas (Stony Brook University), Jonah Gaster (McGill University),  Bill Goldman (University of Maryland)

The eight-week Summer@ICERM 2018 program is designed for a select group of 16-20 undergraduate scholars. The program will give undergraduates an opportunity for exposure and research in the methods of “Low Dimensional Topology and Geometry” in the study of complex data sets. 

The faculty advisers will present a variety of research projects that are interdisciplinary and represent areas in low-dimensional topology, hyperbolic geometry, dynamics, and combinatorics. Student researchers will have the opportunity to explore theoretical problems at the intersections of these subfields, and to help design software packages for visualizing and experimenting with the building blocks of hyperbolic and affine geometry.

The faculty will begin the program with brief introductory talks. Throughout the eight-week program, students will work on assigned 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, practice coding, and learn Tex. Students will learn how to collaborate mathematically, and they will work closely in their teams to write up their research into a poster and/or paper by the end of the program.

ICERM provides an excellent research environment, and the students and their faculty and TA mentors will have access to shared offices and collaborative space throughout the institute. They also 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.


  • Curves on surfaces
  • Triangulations of 3-manifolds
  • Dynamics of Character Varieties
  • Visualization of Geometric Structures

More program details are available at:

Funding Includes*:

- $3,500 stipend
- Travel support within the U.S.
- Dormitory housing
- Meal plan

- Fun events

*Accepted Brown University students will receive Brown University's I-Team UTRA grant in lieu of the Summer@ICERM stipend, plus dorm and a meal plan. 


  • Applicants must be matriculating undergraduate students at the time of the start of Summer@ICERM 2018;
  • Funding is available for a very small number of students who are not US citizens or permanent residents.

Non-Brown University students must apply via by February 16, 2018 to receive full consideration. ICERM will begin making offers to non-Brown University students between late February and early March 2018. 

Brown University students must apply for Tarik Aougab's I-Team UTRA before January 15, 2018 (not via The I-Team UTRA awards will be announced to the Brown University student applicants on February 1, 2018. 

ICERM encourages women and members of underrepresented minorities to apply.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
Further Info:
Brown University/ICERM
Box 1995
Providence, RI 02912

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