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.

A Cayley graph embedded on a torus, which has been the subject of Research Experience for Undergraduates work at Lafayette College.

Through close mentorship from their faculty advisors, small student research groups will investigate open problems in mathematics and statistics and share their work in the form of articles, posters, and presentations.  The summer program will run from June 4 to July 27.  Students will then participate in the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Baltimore (January 16-19, 2019).

Descriptions of the three research areas 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 national American Mathematical Society-Mathematical Association of America meeting in San Antonio.

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Betsy Cassells presents her Research Experience for Undergraduates work at the national American Mathematical Society-Mathematical Association of America meeting 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. Applications can be submitted through  The application deadline is Friday, February 23.  (Update:  Our spots for the 2018 program have been filled.  Please check this space next winter for 2019 program announcement.  Thank you!)

Here’s a picture gallery from a previous REU at Lafayette.

A past REU group plays a song you know.