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The Mathematics Department conducts a ten-week intensive summer research program designed for rising junior and senior undergraduate mathematics (and closely related) majors. Participants in the program collaborate closely with faculty members and graduate students in a small group setting. Details about the program and application instructions are provided below.

Applications for the 2024 CMUSR is now open. Applications are due March 1st, 2024, at 5:00pm Eastern. Apply here.

The Mathematics Department runs 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. Applications for the 2024 CSUREMM program are due March 1st, 2024, at 5PM Eastern.

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Columbia Math Undergraduate Summer Research (CMUSR)

Program Information

Eligibility: The program invites applications from ongoing undergraduate students at Barnard and Columbia University, irrespective of U.S. residency. We actively encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds and historically underrepresented minorities.

The program is not open to graduating seniors and graduate students. Students who have already earned or will have earned a bachelor’s degree by August 31, 2024, are ineligible to apply. Additionally, students not currently enrolled full-time at Barnard/Columbia are not eligible to participate. Barnard students must also apply through the 2024 SRI Program.

Program dates: May 28 – August 2, 2024.

Accepted students must commit to being on campus for the entire program duration from May 28 to August 2 and should be available for all scheduled program activities. Final presentations by participants will be scheduled during the last week of the program.

Stipend: $3500 + residential housing for the duration of the program.

Participants in the summer research programs are expected to devote their full attention to the program and are not permitted to engage in any additional work or school commitments throughout the duration of their award.

Project: Khovanov homology and quantum error-correcting codes

Project lead: Rostislav Akhmechet

For your application, you will need:
– One-page CV/resume
– One-page about your research interests and motivation for participation
– Up-to-date unofficial university transcripts
– A reference letter from a faculty member.

Barnard students must also submit an application to the Barnard’s 2024 SRI Program

Application form: here
Application deadline:
March 1st, 2024, at 5:00pm (EST)

Collection of Self-Identification Data: The Department of Mathematics is committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) within scientific communities, recognizing their role in enhancing the quality, social relevance, and impact of research.

Self-identification data offers insights into the diversity of the student population applying for and receiving summer research funds. This information is crucial for assessing the fairness of our summer program and guiding future initiatives aimed at enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion across all participants in the research enterprise. While completion of the new self-identification form is mandatory for applicants, there is an option in each category to choose “I prefer not to answer.

For more information, contact George Dragomir.

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Information about past years’ programs is available here.

The 2024 CMUSR program is made possible with support from the Mathematics Department.

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