Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Department of Mathematics

Program ID: 116-REU [#891]
Program Title: Research Experience for Undergraduates
Program Type: Undergraduate program
Program Location: Terre Haute, Indiana 47803, United States [map]
Starting Date: 2020/06/01
Application Deadline: 2020/02/21 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2019/11/26, finished 2020/08/23, listed until 2020/03/31)
Program Description:   URMs  

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

The Rose-Hulman Mathematics REU is an eight-week program during the summer. For the summer of 2020, the program will run between June 1-July 24, 2020, and Kenji Kozai and Wayne Tarrant will be mentoring groups of four students each on topological properties of spatial graph embeddings and data analysis of mobile payments in developing countries, respectively.

The REU provides an opportunity for students to work on real problems in a variety of different areas. We develop the students as "complete" mathematicians that make and prove conjectures, learn independently, work as part of a team, and communicate their results. The problems we pose are accessible without a need for extensive background, and many use computational software to generate examples and conjectures, then follow up with analysis, proof, and generalization. Participants complete a technical report, give several formal presentations, and most give one or more presentations at conferences or their home institution after the program ends. Participants will also receive training relevant to pursuing a career in mathematics, such as the use of mathematical software, typesetting in LaTeX, and applying to graduate schools.

We encourage students of all backgrounds to apply. In particular, if you an interest in mathematics, even if you have not taken upper-level courses or are unsure if you will major in mathematics, you will still be given full consideration. We understand that many talented students may not have considered pursuing a mathematics education or career until specifically encouraged to by a faculty member, and many students may not even realize that mathematics is a subject in which they excel. Many projects will be appropriate for students who have successfully completed some lower-level coursework like calculus, liner algebra/differential equations, or probability and statistics, as long as they are motivated to learn and willing to put in hard work in order to have a good summer research experience.

Each student will receive a stipend of $4,000 for their participation in the program, as well as up to $500 for travel to/from the REU site in Terre Haute, Indiana. Housing in dormitories on the Rose-Hulman campus will be provided as well as a meal plan for the duration of the program. Students are expected to be present on campus during the week for the entire eight-week program. Social activities and opportunities to experience some of Indiana's highlights will also be arranged during the weekends.

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 personal statement. Include in the personal statement the reason(s) that you wish to participate in the mathematics REU at Rose-Hulman.

Due to NSF requirements, only US citizens or permanent residents may participate in the program. Participants must be undergraduate students at the time of participation.

For more information, visit the program webpage at

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:
5500 Wabash Avenue
Department of Mathematics
Terre Haute, IN 47803

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