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Workshop on Mathematics Undergraduate Research Experiences. UC Irvine Anteaters Mathematics Club January 27 th , 2010. Outline. Campus research opportunities Off campus summer research opportunities Semester programs: domestic and abroad How to find faculty mentors at UCI

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workshop on mathematics undergraduate research experiences

Workshop on Mathematics Undergraduate Research Experiences

UC Irvine Anteaters Mathematics Club

January 27th, 2010

outline
Outline
  • Campus research opportunities
  • Off campus summer research opportunities
  • Semester programs: domestic and abroad
  • How to find faculty mentors at UCI
  • How to apply for external programs
  • Panel of UCI math students with undergraduate research experience
campus research opportunities
Campus Research Opportunities
  • UROP and SURP
      • http://www.urop.uci.edu/
      • UROP every Fall and Spring, SURP every Summer
      • Submit proposal for specific research project under faculty supervision and support
  • 199
      • Course credit for reading course or research work
      • Register with particular faculty member
  • Faculty Grants
      • Some faculty occasionally have personal grants to support undergraduate student research
  • ICAMP – Interdisciplinary Computational Applied Math Program
      • Starts Fall 2010
      • For Freshman and Sophomores only
      • Register for Math / ICS 77 any quarter
off campus summer research opportunities
Off Campus Summer Research Opportunities
  • www.maa.org/students/undergrad/
  • www.ams.org/employment/undergrad.html
  • http://www.ams.org/employment/reu.html
  • Approx. 4 week programs focused on a single research topic under faculty guidance with small group of great students
  • There exist some programs only for learning and preparation for graduate school
  • Most pay travel, room and board plus a student stipend.
semester programs domestic and abroad
Semester Programs: Domestic and Abroad
  • Budapest Semesters in Mathematics
  • Math in Moscow
  • MASS at Penn State
  • Junior Year for Women at Smith College
how to find faculty mentors at uci
How to Find Faculty Mentors at UCI
  • Look at faculty research interests
  • Take appropriate courses first
  • Go to Undergrad Colloquium talks
  • Read math outside of class
  • Identify your area of research interests
  • Write letter/email to faculty
      • Describe yourself- grades, coursework, goals, etc.
      • Show you know something about their research area
      • Explain what extent of research you desire
      • Show your motivation, work ethic, independence, etc.
      • For reading courses, explain why you are interested in that topic and how it will fit with your future goals
      • Remember you are asking for a giant favor
how to apply for external programs
How to Apply For External Programs
  • Carefully look at program descriptions
  • Follow all application instructions
  • Ask for letters of recommendation at least two weeks in advance
  • Write personal statement
      • Tailor it to the particular program
      • Explain your interest in topic and preparation for it
      • Emphasize your unique math experiences
      • Deadlines around mid-February
final thoughts on eligibility
Final Thoughts on Eligibility
  • Most research opportunities are highly competitive and intended for the advanced math student going to graduate school
  • Appropriate preparation is essential for a successful research experience
  • Summer REU’s are mostly for students finishing their junior year (maybe sophomore)
  • Math 199 course is mainly for seniors in honor’s program or considering grad school
  • Some faculty just don’t work with undergrads, don’t take it personally!
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