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Summer Undergraduate Research

The Mathematics Department runs a ten-week intensive summer research program, aimed at rising junior and senior undergraduate math (and closely related) majors. Students participating in the program work closely with faculty members and graduate students in a small group setting. Program information and applications instructions are included below.

The Mathematics Department and the Statistics Department run an additional program for collaborative undergraduate student summer research experiences in mathematical modeling. For program information and application details, please visit the Columbia Summer Undergraduate Research Experiences in Mathematical Modeling (CSUREMM) page.

Information on the 2022 CMUSR and CSUREMM Programs will be posted in December or immediately after the holiday break.

Columbia Math Undergraduate Summer Research Program (CMUSR)

Program Information

Eligibility: Any continuing Barnard/Columbia student (independent of U.S. residency). We particularly encourage women and historically underrepresented minorities to apply. Graduating students will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances.

Generally, students are expected not to have any other major work or school commitments during the program, since the research projects can be fairly intensive. Therefore, participants in the undergraduate summer research program are not generally permitted to take courses during working hours throughout the term of their award. Undergraduate students may take one course in the Summer A term only if special arrangements to make up the time under supervision have been made with the project leader/mentor. Program participants are expected to be available to participate in all the program activities.

Program dates: May 23 – July 29, 2022 (tentative). Final presentations by participants will be scheduled on the last day of the program.

Stipend: $3500. Summer session housing is also paid for by the program.

Projects: TBA

2022 Application deadline: TBA (late February/early March).

Collection of Self-Identification Data: The Department of Mathematics is acting on the evidence that diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) strengthen the scientific communities and the quality, social relevance, and impact of research.

Self-identification data provides information on the diversity of the student population applying for and receiving summer research funds. This data is important for monitoring the fairness of our summer program and informing future measures to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion among all those involved in the research enterprise. Completing the new self-identification form is mandatory for applicants but for each category there is an option “I prefer not to answer”.

For more information, contact George Dragomir.

Some information about past years’ programs is available here.


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