February 23, 2015
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UW Bothell announces mathematics research experience for undergraduates
BOTHELL, Wash. – The University of Washington Bothell will hold its first Mathematics Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. The application deadline is February 27, 2015. The eight-week residential summer program, funded by the National Science Foundation, is expected to attract college math students from across the country because of its unusual nature.
“Our projects are very visual,” says principal investigator Jennifer McLoud-Mann, Ph.D. “Not only can the students understand the math on paper, but they can also touch it. A lot of undergraduate research projects need to be accessible like this.” Students will be doing original mathematical research; McLoud-Mann will teach knot theory. Other dedicated faculty mentors will work with students on tiling theory, optimization and biomedical analysis.
The mathematics REU is geared toward math majors at the sophomore and junior levels who may have basic proof and programming skills. Investigators believe this research experience will have a greater impact by recruiting students from underrepresented groups and from universities where undergraduate research opportunities are limited. Native Americans, women and first generation college students from non-Ph.D.-granting universities will be targeted, but the program is open to all students.
McLoud-Mann expects the major takeaways from this program will be that students will be familiar with what research mathematicians do, they will enhance their communications skills, they will become interested in graduate school and they begin building their professional networks.
The program is expected to last for three summers. Each summer, the REU site will host three new research groups consisting of three students and one faculty member. The program includes housing, a stipend, professional development and funding for students to travel to conferences to present their research from the program.
Additional dedicated faculty in the REU program include Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Makerspace Co-Manager Pierre Mourad, Ph.D., and Associate Professors of Mathematics Casey Mann, Ph.D. and Milagros Loreto, Ph.D.
About UW Bothell: With more than 45 undergraduate and graduate degrees, options, certificates and concentrations, UW Bothell emphasizes close student-faculty interaction and critical thinking. UW Bothell builds regional partnerships, inspires change, creates knowledge, shares discoveries and prepares students for leadership in the state of Washington and beyond. For more information, visit www.uwb.edu.