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Directed Reading Program

In the Directed Reading Program (DRP) at Columbia University, undergraduate students interested in independently reading mathematics outside of their official coursework are paired with mathematics graduate students for a semester.

  • Applications are open to any undergraduate student from any major at Columbia University and Barnard College.
  • The program matches each undergraduate student with a graduate student based on their common mathematical interests.
  • At the beginning of the semester, each pair agrees on reading material (e.g. textbooks and research articles) and goals for the semester.
  • During the semester, the student and mentor meet each week to discuss the material and progress towards their goals.
  • At the end of the semester, the program hosts a colloquium in which each undergraduate student gives a short mathematical presentation on their progress.

The DRP program at Columbia University started in Fall 2020 and is based on the Stanford Math Directed Reading Program, which itself is based on similar programs at other institutions dating back to the start of the University of Chicago DRP in 2003.


For undergraduate studentsFall 2021 DRP Program Application.
For graduate students: Fall 2021 DRP Program Mentor Sign-up.


If you have any questions about the program, please contact Zoe Himwich (“himwich” at “math” dot above institution) or Robin Zhang (“rzhang” at “math” dot above institution).


DRP Groups Fall 2021

Topic Graduate mentor Undergraduate student
Algebraic geometry Caleb Ji Shuhan Zhang
Algebraic number theory David Marcil Destine Lee
Algebraic topology Álvaro L. Martínez Tuan Dolmen
Algebraic topology Avi Zeff Behshad Behan Pour
Category theory Patrick Lei Jonathan Tanaka
Differential geometry Aaron Chow Panagiotis Tsimpos
Higher category theory Fan Zhou Rafay Ashary
Measure theory and probability Zoe Himwich Harrison Wang
Modular forms Yusheng Lee Alan Zhao
Partial differential equations Kevin Smith Christopher Wang
Probability Shalin Parekh Zachary Lihn
Probability Alejandra Quintos Allison Ghuman
Real analysis and functional analysis Kevin Chang Shen Shiyang
Riemann surfaces Chuwen Wang Carter Teplica



DRP Groups Fall 2020

Topic Graduate mentor Undergraduate student
Combinatorics Mark Rychnovsky Destine Lee
Differential geometry Chuwen Wang Jason Vassilou
Differential topology Yash Deshmukh Zhenfeng Tu
Differential topology Caleb Ji Pedro Lazcano
Fourier analysis Henry Liu Zoe Zager
Graph theory Sayan Das Adiba Ejaz
Logic and category theory Roy Magen Matthew Katz
Probability Xiang Fang Ahmed Shaaban
Rational points on elliptic curves Robin Zhang Jacob Weinstein
Riemann surfaces Fried Tong Urvi Awasthi
Variational methods in PDE Jingze Zhu Josh Zhou


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