2010 Student Researchers
The Claremont Colleges, with funding from the National Science Foundation, will host a Research Experiences for Undergraduates during the summer of 2010. 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, so check out our calendar. 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. Our selection process has been completed and we are no longer accepting applications.
Please join us for our Student Research Talks, Thursday and Friday, July 29 and 30 from 1:00pm - 4:00pm in Millikan 134.
2010 Summer Speaker Series
- June 17, James E. Moore, USC, "Quantifying Economic Loses from Travel Forgone Following a Large Metropolitan Earthquake."
- June 24, Ali Mortazavi, Caltech, "Integrative Analysis of ChIP-seq and RNA-seq ENCODE Tier 1 and Tier 2 data using Self-Organizing Maps."
- July 1, Philip A. Yates, Saint Michael's College, ""How High's the Water, Mama?" Statistical Methods for Flood Frequency Distributions"
- July 8, Julie Glass, California State University, East Bay, "Mathematical Approaches to the Formation of School Districts."
- July 15, Peter Langfelder, UCLA, "Weighted Correlation Network Analysis: learning about cancer and evolution from a million correlations"
- July 22, James Flegal, UCR, "Markov Chain Monte Carlo: Can We Trust the Third Significant Figure?"
In 2010, our summer projects will explore Operations Research & Statistics.
Johanna Hardin, Pomona College, Clustering Microarray Data.
Microarray technology has revolutionized genetics by measuring thousands of genes simultaneously. We will construct clustering algorithms for microarray data which are designed to ignore noise and highlight data values which show strong patterns.
Susan Martonosi, Harvey Mudd College, Disrupting Terrorist Networks.
We will study terrorist network disruption strategies to increase communication through a key member of the network, making that member more visible to intelligence officials.
Gizem Karaali, Pomona College, Game Theory & School Choice.
We will use Mechanism Design, a subfield of Game Theory, to examine and improve upon mechanisms currently employed to address the School Choice Problem.
Mark Huber, Claremont McKenna College, MCMC for Spatial Data.
Spatial data could be locations of cities in a country or trees in a forest. Models for these data sets are often understood by using Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) methods. This project will consider new MCMC algorithms and test their effectiveness.
- Complete the application (as neatly as possible), remembering to answer questions 1-4 on a separate piece of paper.
- Submit the application by email or US Mail to be received by March 1, 2010.
- By email (preferred) to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- By US Mail to: Professor Chris Towse, Director, Mathematics REU Applications, Scripps College, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont, CA 91711
- Request 2) letters of recommendation to be received by March 1, 2010
- Request your university/college to send official transcripts to be received by March 1, 2010
FAQ Q: What if I can't arrive by June 7? A: If your semester/quarter ends after June 7, 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: 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 2010 REU program, please contact:
Professor Chris Towse, Director
Mathematics REU Applications
1030 Columbia Ave.
Claremont, CA 91711
[For more detailed information on the 2005-07 programs, please refer to http://pzacad.pitzer.edu/~jhoste/reuwebsite/ ]