Research Experience for Undergraduates in Mathematics
The National Science Foundation funds what are called Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU). These are competitive programs for mathematics majors, where an undergraduate student receives funding to do research projects in a well-rounded learning environment.
Discussed below are several funding opportunities, both here at UGA and elsewhere, for undergraduate students to participate in research projects. These experiences also provide opportunities for students to give presentations of their projects at symposia and professional meetings.
1) Summer REUs
Please note: There will not be a Summer 2011 REU program at UGA.
We expect you to discuss these opportunities with your advisor, and, if relevant, we strongly encourage you to apply to several external REUs for summer 2010 (the deadlines are usually in February). UGA will hold REUs next summer, but we expect that most participants will come from other institutions. If we do not fill all spots with participants from other institutions, we will look most favorably at UGA applicants that have applied to REUs at other institutions.
2) At UGA, participate for academic credit in research projects during the academic year through a VIGRE Research Group
You should discuss with your advisor your interest in participating in a VIGRE Research Group when preparing your schedule of classes.
3) The CURO Program at UGA
Several recent mathematics majors have presented their research projects at the CURO Symposium. This is a great opportunity for UGA undergraduates, and we hope that some of you will consider presenting at the 2010 CURO Symposium.
Probably the best way to start an undergraduate research project is to join a VIGRE group in the Fall.
The CURO Apprentice program is also another way to get funded during the academic year. CURO-AP participation is similar to taking a 3 credit hour class or having a part-time job. URAP students work an average of 10-12 hours per week for the entire academic year. In addition, participants register for a 1-hour research seminar for academic credit that meets weekly. CURO-AP participants receive a stipend of $1000 per semester.