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.
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. The summer program is tentatively scheduled to run from June 3 to July 26. Students will then participate in the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Denver (January 15-18, 2020) or another conference aligned with their research topic.
The three research areas for 2019 are Fractal Geometry, Graph Theory, and Recreational Mathematics; project descriptions can be found here.
Lafayette’s REU program has a long history of supporting successful undergraduate research. Most students who have participated in the program have published papers in professional journals. The picture above, taken from a student presentation, shows a Cayley graph embedded on a torus. In the photo below, Betsy Cassells presents her work on PSL(2,Z[i]) at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Antonio.
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 $4500, 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. The application deadline is February 15, 2019. Applications can be submitted through MathPrograms. [Update on 3/5: Hundreds of applications were submitted, we’re still in the final process of reading them, and some offers are being made this week.]
Here is a link with some pictures from a previous REU.