University of Chicago, Math/PSD

Program ID: 63-UCREU [#904]
Program Title: The University of Chicago mathematics REU
Program Type: Undergraduate program
Program Location: Chicago, Illinois 60637, United States [map]
Subject Area: Mathematics
Application Deadline: 2020/02/14 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2019/12/12, finished 2020/08/16, listed until 2020/06/12)
Program Description:    

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

This is a call for applicants to the University of Chicago Mathematics summer REU. The Chicago REU has been in operation since 2000, but before 2015 it was limited to University of Chicago participants. It has since been open to broader participation. It has served as a springboard for current graduate students at virtually all of the top departments of mathematics in the United States.

Applicants should be warned that the program has very limited funding for 2020. Applications from domestic and international students are welcome and acceptance will be on a need blind basis.

The REU is run by University of Chicago faculty members. Starting in 2020, we will begin an evolving experimental partnership with Peking University and it is expected that some Peking University faculty will participate in 2020. Participants are closely mentored by University of Chicago graduate students (several of whom were Peking undergraduates). The program is focused on exposing participants to a broad swathe of advanced mathematics through informal faculty taught courses. Typical topics each year include geometry, topology, number theory, probability, analysis, and logic.

The program is not focused on original undergraduate research per se, but all participants must write a paper on a topic chosen by them, in consultation with their mentors and faculty. Topics are frequently inspired by courses, but that is not required. The papers are usually expository, often on highly advanced topics, but can be original research or a blend of exposition and research. They must be substantial. Papers from previous years are posted on the past years' web sites.

While no previous knowledge or study in the areas taught is required, previous experience in proof-based courses is essential. There is also an apprentice program aimed at those with less mathematical experience. It is focused on discrete mathematics and is closely tied to an apprentice course. It lasts five weeks, but participants may stay the full eight weeks. Its participants are typically outstanding first or second year students who have not been in advanced mathematics courses.

Students selected to the REU at the University of Chicago will be eligible for selection as participants in an additional program to be organized by Peking University (PKU). The 2-week program will take place June 8 to June 19 at PKU in Beijing. Peking University will select up to 5 students from those accepted to the Chicago REU to attend the program. PKU will organize and cover the cost of housing and some living costs, and will cover travel expenses of up to $1,500 per student. Participants will be responsible for all other associated costs such as international insurance and visa fees. If you are interested in participating in the PKU program in addition to the Chicago REU, please indicate your interest in your Cover Letter.

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:
J. P. May
Department of Mathematics
5734 S. University Ave
Chicago, Il 60637

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