University of Connecticut, Department of Mathematics

25 909Program ID: UConn-MCREU20 [#909, MCREU20]
Program Title: Markov Chains REU
Program Location: Storrs Mansfield, Connecticut 06269-1009, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Probability, Stochastic Processes, Markov chains
Application Deadline: 2020/03/06 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2019/12/18, finished 2020/09/13)
Program Description:    

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

Interested in experiencing research in probability? 

Join us this summer for the third Markov Chains REU at UConn's beautiful Storrs Campus.  

The program is eight weeks long, starting in June 2020, from Monday June 8th through Friday July 31st.

The program is  is generously funded by a grant from the National Security Agency with help from department of mathematics at UConn. The program is organized and run by Dr. lddo Ben-Ari.

Due to funding constraints, we will only consider applications from US citizens or permanent residents. We are very sorry, but we cannot make any exceptions. 

In this program
  • We will explore some aspects of the  rich and fascinating theory and ubiquitous applications of Markov Chains, through hands-on mathematical research. 
  • We will work on scientific communication, teamwork skills and technical skills (writing proofs, LaTeX, creating simulations). 
  • We will hold regular mini-courses, min-projects,  guest speakers and  recreational math sessions. 
  • We will work on grad school applications, and will followup and support participants after the program.  
  • We will have fun. Guaranteed. 
After two-three weeks dedicated to preparation and getting to know each other better, we will split students into two-three person groups, each working on an individual research project. Visit our website for a description of the research projects from previous years. 

We are looking to form a scientifically diverse group. Although our research is in pure math, we do not restrict our selection to math majors.  Nevertheless, we expect students to have very strong mathematical footing and some basic knowledge of undergraduate probability. Acquaintance with Markov chains or stochastic processes is welcome but is not a requirement. 

Each student will receive a stipend of $3,750 and housing  for the duration of the program (a little before or after, if necessary) in shared dorms on campus. 

Additional support to help cover travel costs will be available. 

To apply, submit the following: 
  • At least two reference letters. 
  • A cover letter addressed to Dr. Ben-Ari (up to two pages) explaining your mathematical interests and background,  reasons to participate in this particular program and what you expect to gain, your own assessment of your  level of preparation,  additional skills and/or anything you'd like us to consider. 
  • Updated CV. 
Questions? Check our website (it's under constant construction) or email us 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:
Markov Chains REU
Department of Mathematics
341 Mansfield Rd
Storrs, CT 06269-1009

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