Summer Research Program
Summer 2021 Undergraduate Student Research
Please note: Only continuing Cal Poly students (including 4+1 students) from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo are eligible for this research program. Students from other Cal Poly colleges are not eligible. Students from other universities are not eligible for Cal Poly's program, but may be eligible for a National Science Foundation REU. If you are a continuing Cal Poly Math graduate student and you are interested in this program, you are not eligible for this program but other (limited) funds may be available. You should apply but clearly state that you are a graduate student, and follow up directly with Dr. Danielle Champney (firstname.lastname@example.org) after submitting your materials.
The Cal Poly Mathematics Department Undergraduate Student Research program allows students and faculty members to work together on interesting mathematics research problems. Students should expect to work at least 30 hours per week for 8-10 weeks. The work weeks will depend on faculty and student schedules. The projects may also require work during the following academic year in order to prepare for conferences or publication. Students are expected to present a poster at the College of Science and Mathematics Research Conference in May 2022. Each student participant will receive $3500 subject to successful completion of the program.
To be selected for a summer research project, students should have excellent grades (A's and B's in mathematics courses, including upper division work) and interest in learning difficult mathematics that goes beyond the scope of undergraduate coursework. You will work closely on a mathematics research project with a faculty advisor for 8-10 weeks. Each faculty project leader usually works with two to three students. The projects are chosen by faculty members because they are current open research questions that are also accessible to undergraduate and beginning graduate students.
The available projects for Summer 2021 can be found here. All projects are expected to run virtually. Other projects may be available. Feel free to apply and follow up directly with Dr. Champney if you have other interests. However, currently your best chance for participation is with one of these projects.
To apply for the 2021 research program, complete this application before March 3, 2021. When filling out the application, feel free to contact the advisors directly if you have questions about the projects. Questions about the application can be directed to Dr. Danielle Champney (email@example.com).