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Cameron University Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Applied Mathematics

Program Goals

The REU’s primary objective is to encourage students from under-represented groups (African-American, Hispanic-American, Native-American, Women) in mathematics to participate in an intensive, complete and transformative research experience in applied mathematics which will be accomplished by following the three E’s principle of ‘Expose, Establish, and Excite. In a semi-structured research environment, where inquiry-based learning will be encouraged by faculty mentors, the student participants will be exposed to the process of conducting mathematical research. This will in turn inspire them to pursue graduate studies and careers in STEM disciplines.

REU at CU brings eight students at Cameron University to work with dedicated faculty mentors for eight weeks. During those eight weeks, faculty mentors will provide students with several research projects including applied inverse problems and optimizations. Once successfully completed, these projects will be considered for future publication in peer-reviewed mathematics journals. All participants will be encouraged, prepared, and expected to present their findings at various regional and national mathematics conferences such as Joint Mathematics Meetings and MathFest.

REU reflects the CU faculty’s desire to share their excitement and enthusiasm for mathematical advancement among these talented and culturally diverse undergraduate students, especially those rooted in STEM disciplines. A large majority of professors assigned to mentor these students have a long track record of working successfully with multi-cultural undergraduate students and are recognized nationally and internationally for mentoring undergraduate students in research within the field of applied mathematics. Combined expertise, enthusiasm, and excellent track records of working with undergraduates will contribute to an excellent environment for promoting graduate education and careers in mathematical sciences as well as in STEM.

In the eight weeks the REU is in operation, students will be divided into two teams, each comprising of four students and two faculty mentors working closely with each teams. Students will then be encouraged to spend five hours daily engaging in independent research activities, all of which will serve towards our objective of providing a rich, invigorating, and intensive research environment, in which inquiry-based learning is the primary mode of research. Guest speakers, which will include previous REU students, graduate students, mathematics professors, and published authors, will appear to give talks, panel discussions, and video/power point presentations relevant to the problems researched and worked on by the current REU students themselves. Among the subjects discussed by those guest speakers will include dissemination of results of applied mathematics, graduate school selection, career tracks preparation in STEM disciplines, GRE preparation, and professional writing with LaTeX.

In addition to team research, students will be given the opportunity of taking part in various extracurricular activities, including field trips, museum visits, video screenings, informal dinners at nearby restaurants etc.

Program Highlights:

  • Research Experience: Students will engage in original mathematical research via Inquiry-Based Learning.

  • Collaboration Experience: Students will be working in a team of four motivated and talented students along with two enthusiastic and dedicated faculty mentors.

  • Stipend: Each students receives a stipend of $4000 for the eight-week program.

  • Housing: Housing cost will be paid by the program.

  • Travel to Conferences: Program will pay students’ travel cost to present their research findings at mathematics conferences.

  • Professional Development: Students will learn to use MATLAB and LaTeX, get help in presentation, graduate school selection, career tracks preparation in STEM disciplines, and GRE preparation.

Research Projects:

  • Ioannis K. Argyros: Ball Convergence for Iterative Methods
  • Narayan Thapa: Inverse and Computational Problems

Quick Facts

  • Cameron University REU in Applied Mathematics is contingent upon funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF)

  • The Summer 2017 program starts on June 1 and ends on July 28

  • The application deadline is February 29, 2017

Contact Information

Narayan Thapa
Burch Hall, Room B001
2800 W. Gore Blvd.
Lawton, OK. 73505
580.581.2481 Voice
580.581.2616 Fax
nthapa@cameron.edu