University of California, Los Angeles, Department of Mathematics

Program ID: 4-REUCAM20 [#918]
Program Title: Applied and Computational Mathematics REU Program Summer 2020
Program Type: Undergraduate program
Program Location: Los Angeles, California 90095, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Applied and Computational Mathematics, Machine Learning, Fluid Dynamics, Image Processing, Robotics, Modeling, Simulation, Fluid Dynamics
Application Deadline: 2020/02/15 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2020/01/07, listed until 2020/07/07)
Program Description:    

*** the list date or deadline for this program has passed, and no new applications is accepted. ***

Since 2005, undergraduates from UCLA and other local colleges have joined faculty and graduate students to conduct a broad variety of theoretical, numerical and experimental research projects in Applied Mathematics. The physical experiments are conducted primarily in UCLA's Applied Mathematics Laboratory.

The REU is an 8 week summer program in the Applied Mathematics group at UCLA. Students will have the opportunity to join an active research group with projects in image processing, control theory, fluid dynamics, mathematical biology and medicine, mathematics of crime, computer graphics, and other topics. The successful applicant will work with faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and other undergraduates. Throughout the summer, the REU program will be augmented by faculty-run informational sessions on research, careers in mathematics, and preparing for graduate school.

Program dates will be more variable this year depending on the project. The core program will start June 15 and finish August 7. In the final week of the program, students are expected to present the results of their research in both a written report and an oral presentation. For some projects the students may be asked to write software. The faculty mentor will identify the "deliverables" at the beginning of the summer and will work closely with the students in preparing the final result.

The stipend for the summer is roughly $7,000 some of which should be expected to pay for housing costs. Students are responsible for finding their own housing in the UCLA area.

Summer 2020 projects are being developed possible topics we are considering include (a) machine learning for Los Angeles homicide narratives ((b) gang models and gang activity (c) minimal surfaces for microfluidics (e) multichannel networks. More details are listed here. Students writing a research statement preference should write about their general research interests and are welcome to look at topics from past programs.


  • The UCLA Applied Math REU is now a National program! Students from all over the United States are invited to apply. We expect to have some project sponsored by UCLA and Southern California schools and priority for those projects will be given to students from the regional area. Some space is available for masters students from non-PhD granting institutions.
  • Applicants need not be US Citizens.
  • Students must be available for the full 8-week period June 15 to August 7, on a full time basis. Courses and other employment activities may not be conducted concurrent with the program.
  • The target applicants for this program are undergraduate students who are applied math majors with advanced standing, but all scientific majors are encouraged to apply. Past REU participants have been majors in pure mathematics, computer science, physics, and engineering.
  • We expect to have projects in experimental fluid dynamics - ideal for students in engineering and physics.
  • Please indicate your project preference in your statement - and see our website for a list of proposed projects.
  • For students NOT attending schools in California, please submit a statement about your prior knowledge of Los Angeles and special interest in working at UCLA in summer 2020.
  • We may have funding for a few UCLA PhD students in the early years of the program and information will be sent to them separately.
  • Students will be on their own to find housing during the program. There are generally many apartments in the UCLA area available for sublet during the summer. Information about housing on campus can be found here.

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:
Mathematics Department UCLA

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