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Reza Akhtar

Department of Mathematics
Miami University
Oxford, OH 45056
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Miami University

Summer Undergraduate Mathematical 
Sciences Research Institute

We are now accepting applications for SUMSRI 2018. Apply here.

The Summer Undergraduate Mathematical Science Research Institute (SUMSRI) is a program hosted by the Department of Mathematics at Miami University. We seek talented undergraduate students in the mathematical sciences who are interested in pursuing advanced degrees. Because of the shortage of minorities and women mathematical scientists, we are especially interested in, but not limited to, African Americans and other underrepresented minorities and women. 

The main goals of SUMSRI are: 

  • Provide the students with a research environment and improve their research abilities.
  • Provide professional role models.
  • Improve the students' technical writing skills.
  • Give the participants an opportunity to write a technical research paper and present a talk at a mathematics conference.
  • Inform the participants of available financial aid and opportunities for graduate school.
  • Make the students aware of career opportunities in the mathematical sciences.
  • Improve the students' ability to work in groups and give them a long term support group.
  • Prepare the students for the GRE.
  • Address the shortage of minority mathematical scientists by encouraging minority students and women to become mathematical research scientists.
To accomplish these goals, SUMSRI will be held from June 4 to July 19, 2018, on Miami University's campus in Oxford, Ohio. Students are expected to arrive on campus on June 2 in order to be ready to begin the program on June 4. During these seven weeks, students will participate in various activities. The central experience is the research seminar in which participants learn a branch of mathematics and then conduct original research. In 2018, the research seminars will be in Graph Theory and Dynamical Systems. Here is a description of potential projects for the seminars. There will also be short courses in Algebra and Analysis, as well as a GRE Preparation Seminar. The program also includes a Working Seminar, a seminar in which students learn about reading, writing, and presenting mathematics while studying a new topic. SUMSRI is supplemented by Colloquia given by mathematicians and statisticians working in academia, government, and industry. There will also be discussions to present information on graduate school and career opportunities in the mathematical sciences. SUMSRI will pay for participants' travel, room, board, and supplies. Each student will also be given a stipend of $4000.

The ideal candidate will have completed the university-level calculus sequence and at least one proof-based mathematics course with distinction.  All candidates must be returning to their home institutions as undergraduates after participating in SUMSRI. All candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.   SUMSRI is not currently funded to support international students, and we cannot accept self-supported participants.