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Expectations of Students:

Making significant progress in mathematical research during an eight-week period will require focus and dedication. To benefit fully from this opportunity, students need to fully immerse themselves in the project. Accordingly, the following expectations are held:

  • Students will be available to meet with their research team and their faculty mentor(s) each weekday of the program.  Exceptions must be approved in advance.
  • Students will dedicate several hours (eight or more) daily to their research project.
  • Students will bring to the program all their skills in working with a team, their enthusiasm for learning, and their patience, perseverance, and good humor.
  • A significant stipend ($4000) is provided to offset students’ usual summer earnings. Students are expected to forgo other employment during this REU.
  • Students will present their results formally at a conference following the REU. Dates and details will be discussed during the program.

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Benefits to Students:

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  • Opportunity to work closely with faculty mentor and other motivated students on an original research project.
  • Opportunity to present research at a conference
  • Skills workshops; career and grad school information
  • Social activities
  • Housing in Anacapa Village; food stipend
  • $4000 research stipend* (Students are expected to forego external employment during the 8 weeks of this REU.)
  • Travel allowance of up to $400 for round-trip travel to CSUCI.

*US citizens/ permanent residents only

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Students and faculty mentors work together in a variety of activities to achieve the goals listed below.
  • Raise the mathematical maturity level of the program’s participants.
  • Get participants excited about doing mathematical research.
  • Create a learning community.
  • Help participants develop the confidence to succeed in ongoing mathematical studies.
  • Increase participants’ skills in communicating mathematics.
  • Extend the participants’ abilities to read, understand, construct, and write proofs.
  • Acquaint participants with the culture and activities of research mathematics.
  • Develop participants’ skills in reading professional-level mathematics.
  • Give the participants technical tools for future mathematical learning and research. (LaTeX, MathSciNet, presentation software)

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What’s research?

board"Working on research" may include reading mathematical literature, discussing the topic with fellow undergraduate researchers and the faculty mentor, playing with examples, constructing proofs, writing computer code to generate or explore examples, etc.  It's impossible to overemphasize the importance of “playing around!” Each person who does research develops his/ her own style, but you can expect a mixture of collaboration and personal work. Mathematical research – like anything worthwhile – is difficult, but the exhilaration that comes from figuring out something that initially frustrated you is worth it! The community aspect is important: talking your problem and ideas over will give you insights and get you past roadblocks. Plus, collaboration makes research more fun! 

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