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Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (or REUs) are competitive summer research programs in various topics of mathematics.  These programs take place at large universities across the U.S., and usually last 8-10 weeks during the summer.  A typical REU includes 10-20 students who work very closely with each other and under the direction of one or more professors on a problem of mathematical research.  In addition to the invaluable experience of doing collaborative research on the cutting edge of current research, REU programs offer a generous stipend, and opportunity to build deep relationships with other students and faculty.

Applications are typically due between February and March. The programs are competitive and generally require between one and three letters of reference, a transcript and an essay.  Follow this link to a list of available REU programs in the summer of 2014.  Wheaton College's Science Division also sponsors a summer research program.

Summer Internships

A number of companies in the area offer summer internships for students majoring in math, applied math and computer science.  These internships are well-paid full-time summer jobs that provide a good experience of working in the industry.

VGBio is a medical technology company with offices in Chicago and Naperville.  Follow the links below for more details:

Students who have participated in summer programs

2013

  • Alyssa Everding REU at MSU in Probability and Discrete Mathematics
  • Josh Green Summer Institute for Training in Biostatistics at Boston University
  • Daniel Hudson summer mentored research at Wheaton College in the HDI data mapping system
  • Kelsey Lafferty REU at Cal State Bernardino in Geometry and Knot Theory
  • Matthew McMillan REU at University of California, Berkeley in Symplectic Geometry
  • Leon Su Summer Institute for Training in Biostatistics at North Carolina State University
  • Ben Williams Summer Institute for Training in Biostatistics at Columbia University

2012

  • Doeke Buursma summer mentored research at Wheaton College in mathematical epidemiology
  • Katrina Hartzler Summer Institute for Training in Biostatistics at Washington University
  • Joshua Snoke Summer Institute for Training in Biostatistics at Boston University
  • Nate Veldt REU at Northern Arizona University
  • Adam Zarn REU at Fresno State University, studying Survival Analysis, a branch of Statistics

2011

  • Ben Fulan REU at Kent State University in Geometry
  • Jeff Sommars REU at Texas A&M in Computational Algebraic Geometry

2010

  • Brian Larson REU at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Computational Number Theory
  • Christina Radder Summer Institute for Training in Biostatistics at North Carolina State University

2009

  • Kimberly Kopchick, David Lewis milti-week research and ministry experience in Japan with Dr. Isihara

2008

  • Sarah Cobb REU at Hope College
  • Michael DiPasquale REU at Louisiana State University
  • Jessie Liebe 4 week research experience in Cambridge, England with Dr. Brabenec
  • Gloria Cho, Sam Cole, Cora Embalabala, Mike Kerins, Kimberly Kopchick, Xiaoxiao Liu, Zachary Ward multi-week research and ministry experience in Japan with Dr. Isihara

2007

  • Andrew Betts Mekelle Institute of Technology, Ethiopia - Mathematics of Wireless Communications
  • Michael DiPasquale REU at University of North Carolina, Asheville in connectivity properties of infinite graphs
  • Sarah Motsinger REU at University of Illinois in Financial Mathematics and Stochastic Modeling
  • Kelly Whiting Summer Institute for Training in Biostatistics at Duke

2006

  • Esther Lee Summer Institute for Training in Biostatistics at UW, Madison
  • Ashley Zenisek instructor at the John Hopkins Center for Talented Youth

2005

  • Matt Cardwell REU at Oregon State University in knot theory
  • Christine Charlton internship at the National Security Agency
  • Jeff Patillo internship at the National Security Agency

2004

  • Stephen Hruska REU at Californis State University, San Bernardino in graph theory
  • Jeffrey Pattillo REU at Texas A&M University in game theory

2003

  • Nathaniel Stapleton REU at Indiana University in galois theory

2002

  • Rebekah Johnson Johns Hopkins program for gifted students - teaching assistant for probability and game theory
  • Will Landry REU at UIC in fractals, chaos, and complex dynamics

2000

  • Rebekah Johnson Johns Hopkins program for gifted students - teaching assistant for individually paced math sequence
  • Andrea Koenigsberg research project in knot theory in Wheaton's Science Division Summer Research Program with Dr. Isihara
  • Nancy Elizabeth Bush Johns Hopkins program for gifted youth

1999

  • Nancy Elizabeth Bush George Washington University program for women in mathematics

1998

  • Anne Hurd research project in mathematical biology, Utah State University

Budapest Semester

This program offers a semester of study at the University of Budapest with other U.S. college students. It is an excellent experience for anyone considering a doctoral program in mathematics. Here's how to get more information (and the application materials).
Go to the Budapest Semester website >>

Students Participating in the Budapest Semester

(Please let us know of any omissions or corrections)

  • Fall 2013 Doeke Buursma
  • Spring 2013 Matthew McMillan
  • Fall 2010 Brian Larson
  • Spring 2010 David Stapleton
  • Fall 2008 Zachary Ward
  • Fall 2007 Michael DiPasquale
  • Fall 2002 Nathaniel Stapleton, Jonathan Skowera
  • Spring 2001 John Puryear
  • Fall 1998 Nate Roberts
  • Fall 1997 Aaron Jaggard

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (or REUs) are competitive summer research programs in various topics of mathematics.  These programs take place at large universities across the U.S., and usually last 8-10 weeks during the summer.  A typical REU includes 10-20 students who work very closely with each other and under the direction of one or more professors on a problem of mathematical research.  In addition to the invaluable experience of doing collaborative research on the cutting edge of current research, REU programs offer a generous stipend, and opportunity to build deep relationships with other students and faculty.

Applications are typically due between February and March. The programs are competitive and generally require between one and three letters of reference, a transcript and an essay.  Follow this link to a list of available REU programs in the summer of 2014.  Wheaton College's Science Division also sponsors a summer research program.

Summer Internships

A number of companies in the area offer summer internships for students majoring in math, applied math and computer science.  These internships are well-paid full-time summer jobs that provide a good experience of working in the industry.

VGBio is a medical technology company with offices in Chicago and Naperville.  Follow the links below for more details:

Students who have participated in summer programs

2013

  • Alyssa Everding REU at MSU in Probability and Discrete Mathematics
  • Josh Green Summer Institute for Training in Biostatistics at Boston University
  • Daniel Hudson summer mentored research at Wheaton College in the HDI data mapping system
  • Kelsey Lafferty REU at Cal State Bernardino in Geometry and Knot Theory
  • Matthew McMillan REU at University of California, Berkeley in Symplectic Geometry
  • Leon Su Summer Institute for Training in Biostatistics at North Carolina State University
  • Ben Williams Summer Institute for Training in Biostatistics at Columbia University

2012

  • Doeke Buursma summer mentored research at Wheaton College in mathematical epidemiology
  • Katrina Hartzler Summer Institute for Training in Biostatistics at Washington University
  • Joshua Snoke Summer Institute for Training in Biostatistics at Boston University
  • Nate Veldt REU at Northern Arizona University
  • Adam Zarn REU at Fresno State University, studying Survival Analysis, a branch of Statistics

2011

  • Ben Fulan REU at Kent State University in Geometry
  • Jeff Sommars REU at Texas A&M in Computational Algebraic Geometry

2010

  • Brian Larson REU at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Computational Number Theory
  • Christina Radder Summer Institute for Training in Biostatistics at North Carolina State University

2009

  • Kimberly Kopchick, David Lewis milti-week research and ministry experience in Japan with Dr. Isihara

2008

  • Sarah Cobb REU at Hope College
  • Michael DiPasquale REU at Louisiana State University
  • Jessie Liebe 4 week research experience in Cambridge, England with Dr. Brabenec
  • Gloria Cho, Sam Cole, Cora Embalabala, Mike Kerins, Kimberly Kopchick, Xiaoxiao Liu, Zachary Ward multi-week research and ministry experience in Japan with Dr. Isihara

2007

  • Andrew Betts Mekelle Institute of Technology, Ethiopia - Mathematics of Wireless Communications
  • Michael DiPasquale REU at University of North Carolina, Asheville in connectivity properties of infinite graphs
  • Sarah Motsinger REU at University of Illinois in Financial Mathematics and Stochastic Modeling
  • Kelly Whiting Summer Institute for Training in Biostatistics at Duke

2006

  • Esther Lee Summer Institute for Training in Biostatistics at UW, Madison
  • Ashley Zenisek instructor at the John Hopkins Center for Talented Youth

2005

  • Matt Cardwell REU at Oregon State University in knot theory
  • Christine Charlton internship at the National Security Agency
  • Jeff Patillo internship at the National Security Agency

2004

  • Stephen Hruska REU at Californis State University, San Bernardino in graph theory
  • Jeffrey Pattillo REU at Texas A&M University in game theory

2003

  • Nathaniel Stapleton REU at Indiana University in galois theory

2002

  • Rebekah Johnson Johns Hopkins program for gifted students - teaching assistant for probability and game theory
  • Will Landry REU at UIC in fractals, chaos, and complex dynamics

2000

  • Rebekah Johnson Johns Hopkins program for gifted students - teaching assistant for individually paced math sequence
  • Andrea Koenigsberg research project in knot theory in Wheaton's Science Division Summer Research Program with Dr. Isihara
  • Nancy Elizabeth Bush Johns Hopkins program for gifted youth

1999

  • Nancy Elizabeth Bush George Washington University program for women in mathematics

1998

  • Anne Hurd research project in mathematical biology, Utah State University

Budapest Semester

This program offers a semester of study at the University of Budapest with other U.S. college students. It is an excellent experience for anyone considering a doctoral program in mathematics. Here's how to get more information (and the application materials).
Go to the Budapest Semester website >>

Students Participating in the Budapest Semester

(Please let us know of any omissions or corrections)

  • Fall 2013 Doeke Buursma
  • Spring 2013 Matthew McMillan
  • Fall 2010 Brian Larson
  • Spring 2010 David Stapleton
  • Fall 2008 Zachary Ward
  • Fall 2007 Michael DiPasquale
  • Fall 2002 Nathaniel Stapleton, Jonathan Skowera
  • Spring 2001 John Puryear
  • Fall 1998 Nate Roberts
  • Fall 1997 Aaron Jaggard