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Summer Undergraduate Research

The Mathematics Department runs a 10 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 eighth-week 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. The application deadline for CSUREMM is April 15, 2021, before 5:00 PM (EST).

Columbia Math Undergraduate Summer Research Program

Program Information and Application Instructions

The 2021 Undergraduate Summer Research program will be a virtual (online) program.

2021 Application deadline: March 26, 2021, before 5:00 PM (EST).

Eligibility: Any continuing Barnard/Columbia student (independent of U.S. residency). We are looking for the best students. 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 also expected to be available to participate live in all the program activities.

Application process: If interested in any of the projects below, please fill out the application form at

Note that Barnard/Columbia students need to be logged into LionMail in order to access the application.

M1/M2 students at University of Paris are invited to apply at

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”.

Program dates: May 27 – August 6, 2021 (tentative). Final presentations by participants will be scheduled on the last day.

Stipend: $3500. The program will be delivered fully online in 2021, but summer session housing for participants already in the residence is also paid for by the program.


  1. Hurst index estimation under measurement errors (Carsten Chong)
  2. Critical fluctuations of the one-dimensional Ising model (Konstantin Matetski)
  3. An Introduction to Random Geometry (Joshua Pfeffer)

For more information, contact George Dragomir.

Some information about past years’ programs is available here.


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