College of Science News
Math department plans summer undergrad camp
The Department of Mathematics will host a summer National Research Experience for Undergraduates Program (NREUP) from June 1 to July 31, 2010, sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America with funds provided by the National Science Foundation and the National Security Agency.
Each participant will be supported with a stipend of $3,500. On-campus housing will be provided if needed, and some meal expenses will be covered.
The program will involve five undergraduate minority students in active research under supervision of mathematicians who are dedicated researchers and mentors. The 2010 research topic is "Exact solutions to certain nonlinear partial differential equations," known as the Korteweg-de Vries equation, the nonlinear Schrödinger equation, the modified Korteweg-de Vries equation, and the sine-Gordon equation.
The objectives are to provide participants with meaningful research experience; to show them the enjoyment of doing research; to encourage them to pursue advanced degrees in mathematical sciences; and to increase research participation by minority groups. At the end of the program, students will prepare a written report and give a presentation of their research. The program will be enhanced with scientific, cultural, and social activities. In addition to quality research, the students will be developing basic research and computational skills; learning about opportunities at the graduate level; and gaining skills to present and disseminate research findings. Except for the research topic, the structure of the 2010 program will be similar to that of the 2008 program.
Requirements for participants: must be a U.S. citizen or have permanent U.S. residency; be of minority status (Hispanic, African American or Native American); have undergraduate status at least until December 2010; be a good student with a background in calculus. Some exposure to ordinary differential equations and linear algebra is desirable but is not required.
Even though the research area is mathematics, physics and engineering students with strong interest in mathematics will be considered as well. The summer research is interdisciplinary and will be beneficial to those students as well.