The primary objective is to stimulate talented undergraduate students to pursue graduate work
in sciences and mathematics by providing accessible and challenging research problems in basic
mathematics. Five faculty members will be involved in the three year program. Three faculty
mentors will coordinate the effort each summer. Students will work in groups of two or three with
one faculty mentor. Students will make presentations of their progress during weekly seminars.
Each student will submit a written report at the end of the program. Students will be encouraged
to publish their work and make presentations at professional meetings. Every effort will be made
during recruitment process to attract applicants from students in under-represented groups.
The students will be provided stipend, housing costs, meal allowance, and support for travel to
the REU Site, and travel support for conference presentations. Central Michigan University will
provide access to classrooms, the campus library, computer labs, notebook computers, printing and
copying services, and recreational facilities. To complement the research experience a number of
social enrichment activities have been planned.
The intellectual merit of this project is based in the challenging mathematical problems students
will attempt to solve. The students will tackle unsolved problems whose solutions (or partial
solutions) will improve human understanding of the very structure of mathematics. The broader
impact of the proposed project include training undergraduates in research in basic mathematics,
increasing the participation of women and minorities in science and math activities, and involving
undergraduates as young professionals in the broader disciplinary field.
|Effective start/end date||05/1/06 → 04/30/09|
- National Science Foundation: $175,427.00