Lafayette's REU program is an intensive eight-week summer research experience, with an additional week spent preparing for and participating in a national conference.

Update:  Our REU program, grant number DMS-2150343, has been accepted for funding by the NSF program officer!  As such our program is scheduled to run during the summer of 2022 from June 6 to July 29. Through close mentorship from their faculty advisors, small student research groups will investigate open problems in mathematics and share their work in the form of articles, posters, and group presentations. Students will then participate in the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Boston, MA (January 4-7, 2023) or another conference aligned with their research topic.

The three research areas for 2022 will be Financial Mathematics, Mixed Effects Model, Breakpoint Analysis; project descriptions can be found here.  Applications are through MathPrograms and can be found here.

Lafayette’s REU program has a long history of supporting successful undergraduate research. Most students who have2018 REU group photo participated in the program have published papers in professional journals.  The photo on the right is a picture of the 2018 REU group posing with their Lafayette T-shirts at the end of the summer. In addition to mathematical and statistical research, our REU is committed to mentoring students as they prepare for life after the undergraduate experience. 

 The photo below shows Professor Liz McMahon discussing the graduate school application process and issues of women and gender in mathematics with the 2017 REU.  

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2017 REU graduate school meeting

The REU is coordinated by the Mathematics Department of Lafayette College, which is located in Easton, Pennsylvania, less than 90 minutes from both New York and Philadelphia. Participants receive a 9-week stipend of $5400, free housing and a flex spending account during the summer, and support for conference travel and expenses. Participants are expected to continue their undergraduate education after the summer is over, and NSF regulations require that only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible to receive stipends. First-generation college students and students from underrepresented groups or institutions without a strong undergraduate research program are particularly encouraged to apply.

Here is a link with some pictures from a previous REU.

A past REU group plays a song you know.