Some FAQs about SUMSRI

Is Miami University in Florida? No. Miami University is located in Oxford, Ohio, roughly 35 miles north of Cincinnati and 45 miles southwest of Dayton. Oxford is a town of about 10,000 permanent residents; during the academic year, the university enrolls roughly 16,000 students. Summers are typically warm with average high temperatures in the mid to upper 80s and lows in the mid 60s; some mornings can be a bit cooler. Our dormitory and classrooms are air-conditioned.

Visit the Miami University home page or the Department of Mathematics.  Click here for information on Oxford, Ohio.

Will I be teamed one-to-one with a Miami professor to do research? No. Each student will be assigned to one of two research groups based on the student's interests and mathematics background. The research directors will suggest specific topics for study. Groups typically range in size from 4 to 6 students. # theory group
What will the research topics be for SUMSRI 2014? The seminars will be in Algebra and Discrete Mathematics. Please note that these are subject to change, although we do not anticipate any drastic changes.
Can I get academic credit for attending SUMSRI? SUMSRI may count as research credit at your college upon application.   At this time, however, Miami University does not offer credit for SUMSRI..  
Will I have access to a computer while attending SUMSRI? Yes. All SUMSRI participants have access to two computer labs in the Mathematics Department. You may request a computer for your dormitory room, although many students prefer to bring a laptop to the program. These computers contain the software packages needed to do your assignments and research, including LaTex mathematical typesetting package. Nancy Ho with computer
What will our schedule be like? The precise schedule for SUMSRI 2014 has not been set yet; this will depend on the professors' other commitments during the summer. The schedule for the first three weeks of the program is fairly structured and looks something like this:
 
Approx. time
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:30-10:00 Analysis Short Course Algebra SC Analysis SC Algebra SC Analysis SC
10:30-12:00 Research Seminar Research Seminar Algebra SC Research Seminar Research Seminar
12:00-1:30 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:30-3:00 Research Seminar Research Seminar Free Time Research Seminar Research Seminar
3:00-3:30 Free Time Coffee Hour Free Time Coffee Hour Free Time
3:30-5:00 Mathematical Writing Colloquium Mathematical Writing Colloquium Free Time

The last four weeks are more loosely structured. Students meet with their seminar director on an as-needed basis to report progress on their research and write up their results. During this time, the GRE preparation course meets for three hours per week. Colloquium talks continue through this period, and there will be a graduate panel featuring representatives from various graduate programs in mathematics and statistics.

Will we have to find our own housing? No. SUMSRI students are housed together in an air-conditioned dormitory on campus. Meals are provided in one of the campus cafeterias.  There is a small kitchen available for common use in the dormitory.

SUMSRI students liked to study in the dormitory hallway! But this is not a requirement of the program.

Dorm room
What recreational facilities are available at Miami University? Miami University has a fully equipped Recreational Sports Center including an Olympic-size swimming pool and diving platforms, weight rooms, indoor track, climbing wall and equipment rental. These facilities may be used upon payment of a set fee. We also have tennis courts and the Goggin Ice Arena on campus. There are also beautiful jogging trails nearby. MU Rec Center
What should I bring to SUMSRI?
  • Comfortable clothes and personal grooming items 
  • A lightweight jacket (the mornings and some rooms can be chilly) 
  • Comfortable shoes for walking across campus and into town. (there is no public transportation during the summer, but most things are available within a square mile) 
  • Bed linens and towels.
Can I drive my car to SUMSRI? Yes. You may be reimbursed up for the cost of your travel up to a maximum of $400.  Please let the Program Coordinator know you'll have a car on campus as parking permits are required. student cars

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