2009 REU Researchers
The Claremont Colleges, with funding from the National Science Foundation, will host a Research Experiences for Undergraduates during the summer of 2009. The program is directed by Prof. Chris Towse of Scripps College and co-directed by Prof. Jo Hardin of Pomona College. Feel free to contact either for more information. We will fund ten students who will work with three faculty members from Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd and Pomona Colleges for this eight week clinic. In addition to working on an exciting research project in mathematics, students will participate in workshops designed to introduce them to various aspects of a career in the mathematical sciences. A weekly speaker series and numerous social activities will round out the program. Participants will be encouraged to present their findings at a meeting of one of the mathematical professional societies.
The program is open to US citizens or permanent residents of the US or its possessions who are enrolled in undergraduate degree programs. Women and members of traditionally underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply. Students will receive a $3600 summer stipend, as well as on-campus housing and meals at reduced cost. $500 has been allocated for travel expenses; we may fund travel for later participation in mathematics conferences.
2009 Summer Speaker Series
Jonathan Lubin, Brown University
Formal Series, Somewhat Informally
Jesse Elliott, California State University, Channel Islands
Generalizations of Dedekind Domains and Integer-valued Polynomials
Everett Howe, Center for Communications Research
Pointless Curves over Finite Fields
B.A. Sethuraman, California State University, Northridge
Division Algebras and their Application in Wireless Communications
Dinakar Ramakrishnan, California Institute of Technology
Binary Quadratic Forms, Class Numbers, and L-Values
Alice Silverberg, University of California, Irvine
Cryptography: How to Keep a Secret
In 2009, our summer projects will explore Algebra and Number Theory.
Ghassan Sarkis, Pomona College, p-adic Dynamical Systems.
Researchers will construct and explore p-adic numbers, learn about dynamical systems over the p-adics and study known counterexamples to Lubin's conjecture.
Lenny Fukshansky, Claremont McKenna College, Number Theory and Discrete Geometry.
We will study theory of lattices, including classical results of Minkowski, and investigate the effect of properties of a given lattice on its Epstein zeta function. Prof. Fukshansky's student group submitted the following abstract detailing their research this past summer.
Michael Orrison, Harvey Mudd College, Algebraic Voting Theory.
The students will use group actions, graph theory and representation theory to understand, explain, and construct voting paradoxes and voting procedures. They have submitted the following abstract.
We have recently completed the selection process and are unable to accept any new applications. To the many talented young mathematicians that applied: Thank You for considering us, you made the job of selecting applicants very difficult. Best wishes for a math-filled summer!
Next year (summer 2010) we are planning a research program of Statistics and Operations Research. We hope that those of you who are eligible and interested will apply.
Q: What if I can't arrive by June 8?
A: If your semester/quarter ends after June 8, we may be able to make some accommodation. Please let us know in your application.
Q: Should I apply if I'm an international student with outside funding?
A: Yes. Remember we are unable to provide subsistence, a stipend or travel expenses. You must come fully funded and detail your situation in your application.
Q: What math background do I need to apply?
A: Look at our research projects.
Q: Will an email letter of recommendation be acceptable?
A: While we prefer hard copy or faxed letters, we realize that may not always be possible or timely. Letter writers may email their recommendation letters to Prof. Chris Towse, the Director. Remember to ask your letter writers to put REU APPLICATION (in all caps) as the subject line of the email.
If you have questions or require additional information on the Summer 2009 REU program, please contact:
Professor Chris Towse, Director
Mathematics REU Applications
1030 Columbia Ave.
Claremont, CA 91711
e-mail: Prof. Chris Towse
[For more detailed information on the 2005-07 programs, please refer to http://pzacad.pitzer.edu/~jhoste/reuwebsite/ ]