Applying to REUs

The National Science Foundation sponsors a number of summer research internships for undergraduate mathematics majors.  

These programs typically last 8 to 10 weeks, and during that time students are exposed to a new research topic and given a problem of their own to work on.  Wellesley students have been regular participators in REUs, and their experiences have been overwhelming positive. 

If you are interested in participating in an REU for a given summer, you should speak to a faculty advisor as soon as possible in the preceding school year.  Applications are often duein the winter or spring, though one should usually start thinking about her application well in advance of that time.  

Available REU programs typically vary from year to year, though the AMS provides a list of REU programs (beware: this list isn't always up to date!).  If you are preparing an REU application, you would be well-served to read the following guide to competitive REU applications composed by the Grand Valley State University REU program.

Upcoming Events

Monday, Oct 20

The weekly student seminar meets in room 362 at 12:20.  This week we'll have a summer research programs panel.  The department will provide lunch, and one of your peers will provide a great talk.  All are welcome to attend!

Wednesday, Oct 22

Our Applicable Math Lecture series kicks off for the year with Mike Remolona from Wolfram Research Inc giving a talk discussing Mathematica 10 and how to get the most out of wolframalpha.com.  We'll have a reception (with food!) at 3:45 in SCI 362, then move to SCI 296 at 4:15 for the talk.

Thursday, Oct 23

Our second Putnam problem session meets today and runs from 12:30 to 1:20 in SCI 364.  This week we'll have homemade cookies (chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin and ginger molasses) to help fuel our problem solving neurons.  Everyone is welcome to attend!

Thursday, Oct 23

Our second department colloquium is given by Megan Heenehan (Wellesley '03) from Eastern Connecticut State University. We'll meet in SCI 362 for snacks and socializing at 3:45, then the talk will begin at 4:15 in SCI 396.  Everyone is welcome to attend!  

Monday, Oct 27

The weekly student seminar meets in room 362 at 12:20.  This week Angela Gu will be speaking.  The department will provide lunch, and one of your peers will provide a great talk.  All are welcome to attend!

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