Undergraduate Math Research
Research Opportunities for Undergraduate Students in Mathematics
The School of Mathematics and the UMNTC Office of Undergraduate Research offer many ways for undergraduate students to be involved in mathematics research. Research areas covered by math faculty mentors span the full range of mathematics — from number theory to algebra to combinatorics to geometry to differential equations to image processing to mathematical biology to climate modeling and everything in between. Interested students are encouraged to consult the Math Faculty and Postdoctoral mentor lists and contact more than one possible mentor in order to find a good fit for their interests and expertise.
Some research opportunities require formal applications, so pay close attention to deadlines and requirements. This CSE student research webpage notes steps for doing research, including suggestions for finding and approaching a faculty member.
Opportunities through the School of Mathematics include:
- CLA Capstone
- Latin Honors Thesis
- Directed Research/Directed Study (Math 4992, 4993)
- Students may also be able to publish their research in the Minnesota Journal of Undergraduate Mathematics.
The Distanced Reading Program led by Math Graduate Students, while not research, does provide undergraduate students with the opportunity to work closely with mathematics graduate students in an independent reading program.
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
Several faculty members in the School of Mathematics will sponsor REU programs for students majoring in mathematics. REU programs offer financial support to participating students, either over the summer or during the school year. REU projects are funded by existing grants, typically from the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Summer Research Experiences at UMNTC in Mathematics for Undergraduates (REU)
US Summer Research
Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) | USC Viterbi School of Engineering
Numerous research opportunities for undergraduate students, in addition to REUs, are available through the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR). Note that each program below has its own application process, criteria, timelines, and funding approach. These opportunities, together with their respective deadlines and application processes, include:
Undergraduate Math Majors: Small Travel Grants to Mathematics Conferences and Research Programs
The School of Mathematics invites undergraduate math majors to apply for small grants to support travel to mathematics conferences and research programs. A small number of awards will be made on a rolling basis - at least three per year of at most $750 per student.
To apply, students must email firstname.lastname@example.org with a letter of justification, describing how the conference/program fits with their study plans and career goals. Students must also ask one member of the mathematics faculty to provide a letter (by email) in support of the application.
- Preference will be given to students who will present a paper or poster at the conference/program.
- Students must demonstrate that they investigated funding opportunities provided by the conference/program organizers.
- Students may receive at most one travel award.