Dear Mathematics Student:
Since 1977 I have directed thirty-seven summer undergraduate research
programs at the University of Minnesota Duluth. For 2016, I have
grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Security
Agency that provide eight participants with a $4000 stipend to spend ten
weeks doing research in combinatorics, number theory and graph theory
under my supervision. The grants also provide a travel allowance of up
to $700, a living expense subsidy of $1000 and free on-campus apartment
housing. To be eligible for a stipend you must not have graduated by the
time you participate and you must be a US citizen or permanent resident.
On occasion, I accept undergraduates who are not US citizens nor
permanent residents but I cannot provide a stipend. In these cases I may
be able to provide some support for travel and cost of living.
Extensive background in combinatorics, number theory or graph theory
is not necessary. Rather, creativity, desire and persistence are the key
ingredients to success. It is my expectation that each participant will
be the author or coauthor of a research paper based on his or her work
done in Duluth and that this paper will be published in a well regarded journal.
The Duluth REU offers a community-of-peers setting that emphasizes
developing the independence of each student. Rather than having participants
work in groups on problems with a faculty adviser who contributes substantially
to the research effort, at Duluth the approach is to give each student
his or her own problem and provide mentoring. In this regard I am assisted
by two program alumni who are graduate students and many program alumni visitors.
Duluth is a beautiful city over-looking Lake Superior. The cool
summer weather, clean air and clear water attract tens of thousands of visitors
each year. There is much to see and do in the surrounding area. There
will be organized recreational activities such as biking, rafting and
hiking for program participants.
UMD has furnished apartments with private bedrooms, a bathroom,
kitchen and living room. The exact starting and ending dates for
the program are negotiable but the target dates are June 5
through August 11, 2016. The length of stay is also negotiable
but six weeks is a minimum. The application deadline February 10, 2016.
Note. In accordance with the new REU consortium rule, applicants will
not be required to accept or decline an offer before March 8, 2016.
A list of the results of previous summer research programs, a list
of previous participants and their schools, and a detailed description
of the program are available on this web site.
To apply, please use the link provided at this web site.
Joseph A. Gallian
Professor of Mathematics
218 726 7576
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