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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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