Claremont Colleges Mathematics REU June 6 - July 29, 2011

The Claremont Colleges, with funding from the National Science Foundation, will host a Research Experiences for Undergraduates during the summer of 2011. 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 or statistical 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 stipend, on-campus housing, a meal plan and some off-campus food options. $500 per student has been allocated for travel expenses; we may fund travel for later participation in mathematics/statistics conferences. The deadline for receipt of applications has passed and we are no longer accepting applications. 
2011 Summer Speaker Series

  • June 16, Alissa S. Crans, Loyola Marymount University, "Million Dollar Mathematics!"
  • June 23, John A. Rock, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, "Multifractal Mass Distributions and Dimension Spectra"
  • June 30, Juanjuan Fan, San Diego State University, "Tree Methods for Correlated Survival Data"
  • July 7, Arthur Benjamin, Harvey Mudd College, "Combinatorial Trigonometry (and a method to DIE for)"
  • July 14, Mark Schilling, California State University, Northridge, "The Nature of Long Runs in Random Sequences"
  • July 21, Angela Gallegos, Occidental College, "Let's Talk About Sex:  The Crocodilia and Delay-Differential Equations"
  • In 2011, we will run two summer projects in Statistics and one in Knot Theory.
    Gabriel Chandler, Pomona College, Statistical Clustering and Classification of Music.
    We will consider the problem of classifying a time series into one of several groups based on various properties of the data.  Such problems arise in classifying a seismic signal as having originated from an earthquake or an explosion.  In particular, we will consider the task of assigning a time series to its genre for musical time series.

    Sam Nelson, Claremont McKenna College,  Virtual Shadow Module Invariants.
    Virtual knots do not fit in ordinary three dimensional space, instead requiring nonzero genus or "wormholes" in order to be tied. We will define a
    family of new invariants of virtual knots using algebraic objects known as virtual shadow modules.

    Talithia Williams, Harvey Mudd College, Statistical Modeling of Music.
    Is it possible to extract information about the genre of a song based on a time series of the audio signal?  We will look at modeling various genres of electronic music to extract information about rhythmic patterns and tempo that will aid in automatic assignment of genre.

    Application Checklist

    • 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 February 15, 2011.

      • By email (preferred) to:
      • 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 February 15, 2011.
    • Request your university/college to send official transcripts to be received by February 15, 2011.


    Q: What if I can't arrive by June 6? 
    A: If your semester/quarter ends after June 6, 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.  We will expect you to purchase a meal plan and pay for a dorm room.  Please 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: Yes.  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. Alternatively, letter writers may mail or fax recommendations to Prof. Towse to arrive by February 15, 2011. A recommendation form is provided if you and/or your letter writer wish to use it.

    Q: I can't get my transcripts to you by February 15, will an unofficial transcript be acceptable?
    A: Yes, provided the official transcript arrives by the end of the semester.

    If you have questions or require additional information on the Summer 2011 REU program, please contact:

    Professor Chris Towse, Director
    Mathematics REU Applications
    Scripps College
    1030 Columbia Ave.
    Claremont, CA 91711
    fax: (909)-607-1247
    phone: (909)-607-3540

    [For more detailed information on the 2005-07 programs, please refer to ]


Flyer.pdf3.04 MB
ProfRecLtr2011.pdf72.61 KB
Projects2011.pdf494.89 KB
Crans.pdf53.21 KB
Fan.pdf54.07 KB
Rock.pdf52.32 KB
Schilling.pdf53.4 KB
Benjamin.pdf53.91 KB
Gallegos.pdf55.41 KB
Calendar.pdf1.33 MB

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