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Department of Mathematics

Summer Undergraduate Mathematics Research

We thank all our 2018 SUMaR applicants. At this point all spots have been filled, if you are eligible for Summer 2019, please apply again!

SUMaR will run in the summers of 2018, 2019, and 2020.

We expect to continue offering projects in knot theory or related, in PDEs, and  in biomathematics with the ICCM group at the vet school, perhaps in some summer in applied mathematics with the  node group. We  expect to have room for 10-12 students. We will start the day after Memorial Day day, and go for 8 weeks each summer, and we expect to have 3-4 mentors. 



Past SUMaR Results


SUMaR 2014


SUMaR 2013


SUMaR 2012

SUMaR 2016

SUMaR 2011

SUMaR 2015

SUMaR 2010


During eight weeks, 10-12 undergraduate students will have the opportunity to visit K-State and carry out research projects under the mentorship of the mathematics  department's faculty.

This REU encourages applications from students preparing for graduate studies in mathematics, and those from community colleges who might otherwise not have an opportunity to experience mathematics work and consider graduate studies.

Since a subset of the student population we plan to recruit will be early in their studies, and hence expected to have limited experience with mathematical proof, the REU will feature a series of talks by Philosophy faculty Scott Tanona, and Graham Leach-Krouse on epistemology of mathematics and propositional logic.

SUMaR receives its support from the National Science Foundation. As such, according to NSF regulations, it is only open to US citizens and permanent residents.

- Help students to be independent researchers;
- enhance their understanding of basic mathematics and the areas involved in their own project;
- develop a sense of sound mathematical reasoning;
- create a sense of community among the REU students and our own students and faculty.

The REU  also offers panels on graduate school and how to apply, Math Subject Graduate Record Exam (GRE) prep workshops, class format lectures will be given on assorted topics of mathematics. Students will meet weekly to discuss progress, culminating in a closing conference in which students present their results.

All of our mentors have experience directing undergraduate research; often, and according to the student's investment, leading to publications, awards, and admission in Group I graduate programs. In the past, most REU students have prepared research papers, many becoming published. A list of papers from our earlier "Brainstorming and Barnstorming" REU can be found here. Results from SUMaR 2010 - 2016 can be found clicking on the links near the top of this page. Each results page contains a link to the Facebook group of that year's participants.

If you are a motivated math major, interested in furthering your mathematical education, you should APPLY!

SUMaR will have the following format:

- Each summer's the mentors will give a short series of talks leading into the problems that will be worked on that summer.
- Enrichment talks by faculty not leading projects and by senior graduate students.
- Workshops on mathematical exposition, typesetting with LaTeX, and use of MATLAB.
- Seminars on applying to graduate school.
- Social activities, including barbeques, outings to the Konza Prairie tallgrass prairie preserve, and Kansas Underground Salt Museum, and shared social activities with several concurrent REUs and the university-wide Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (SUROP) on campus.
- Weekly progress meetings in which students from each project will report briefly on the work done that week.
- A student organized conference during the last two days of the REU in which the participants will present their results.

Participants in SUMaR 2018 will receive room and board, a research fellowship of $4000.  Limited travel assistance may be available for students with financial hardship.

See what others think about KSU and Research Experiences and watch our videos!

See the SUMaR 2010 poster here!

See the website of our old REU here!

Calendar of Events for SUMaR 2018

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