Summer Candid 2016 (19)

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

The 2023 Ursinus REU application is now closed.  Please check back in November 2023 for the REU 2024 application (pending renewed NSF approval).

One goal drives everything we do at Ursinus College—to change lives and foster growth in a way that our students never thought possible.

Our site features three key components:

  • Important and accessible math and computer science research problems
  • An Individual Development Plan (IDP)
  • Our commitment to serving underrepresented students. 

Our Program

You will be part of a three-member research team, led by senior faculty.  Each team works on an original research project, chosen both for its importance and for its accessibility to undergraduate students. In addition to their core research projects, students will be trained in mathematical writing and in presentation techniques through a series of weekly workshops designed to foster these communication skills. 

Our Individual Development Plan (IDP)

We are intentional about fostering students’ growth in their mathematical maturity and in their professionalism.  We track our progress and yours though the IDP. This plan assesses over the eight-week REU both the technical and professional skills needed for success in careers in the mathematical sciences. From “ability to work in a team” to “mathematical knowledge,” the IDP will help students to improve in their weak areas and challenge students to develop their strengths further. The IDP sets measurable goals and monitors progress before, during, and after the eight-week program on campus. 

Our Commitment

We commit in the REU program to including and giving opportunities to underrepresented students. The PI team will advertise to and recruit from schools local to the area, such as Community College of Philadelphia, with large populations of underrepresented students.  All Senior Personnel have a history of working with and mentoring underrepresented students, and they desire to continue to do so during the REU. 

Students who participate will receive a $3000 stipend, on-campus housing, and at least one meal a week provided through the NSF.  In addition, students will be allotted a travel allowance to present their REU research and national and regional conferences after the REU takes place. 

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This REU program is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), grant number 1851948.

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