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GVSU 2022 Math REU
Allendale, MI, United States
2 days ago
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GVSU 2022 Math REU
Allendale, Michigan, United States
2 days ago


Imagine spending a summer in a beautiful, quiet, rural setting in which the days are mild, it stays light until well after 10 p.m., and where you are 15 minutes from a major metropolitan center (Grand Rapids, MI) and also only 20 minutes from gorgeous Lake Michigan beaches. Now imagine that, in this fantastic place, you get to spend your time engaged in honest mathematical research. This is the environment in which students have been active in recent years in the Grand Valley State University (GVSU) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program.

The 2022 REU is expected to run Sunday, June 11 to Sunday, August 6.  In a typical week, teams of two students work on their projects, meeting every weekday with their faculty mentors. Approximately every other week, each team gives a 20 to 30 minute presentation about their research. In the middle of the week, there is "Group Fun" activity, which can be miniature golf, a movie, a minor league baseball game, or something else, depending on the students' interests. At the end of the week, a guest faculty speaker gives a seminar talk on his or her research.

During the program, participants travel to visit a department that houses a graduate program in mathematics (such as Michigan State University), where they have the opportunity to interact with graduate students and faculty. All participants speak at the SUMMR (Summer Undergraduate Michigan Mathematics Research) Conference, which brings together students from several undergraduate research programs within the state of Michigan. At the end of the summer, students and faculty have the opportunity to travel together to MathFest (in Philadelphia, PA for 2022). At MathFest, each research group gives a talk on their research to an audience of students and faculty from programs throughout the country. Past REU students have been honored with a number of awards for their talks at MathFest. 

Funding from the National Security Agency and Grand Valley State University allows us to provide a generous compensation package for our undergraduate participants. In addition to housing on GVSU's campus (in air-conditioned apartments), we are expecting to grant students a $800 food allowance ($100 per week), as well as a $5,400 stipend. Additionally participants will be reimbursed for up to $300 for travel to GVSU, and travel and registration is covered for the SUMMR Conference and MathFest.

Applications received by Tuesday, February 15, 2022 will receive full consideration. Review of applications will continue until all positions are filled. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by the end of March.

For full details, how to apply, and a list of this year's projects, see the website:


Undergraduate student participants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. Students who have received their bachelor's degrees and are no longer enrolled as undergraduates are generally not eligible to participate.

All current full-time or part-time undergraduate students who have completed one full year of calculus and one course in linear algebra are eligible to apply.

A complete application will contain ALL of the following:

  • Your contact information (name, address, phone number, e-mail, etc.)
  • Information about your school, including the dates of your spring break
  • Information about your academic performance, including your GPA and your grades in calculus and linear algebra
  • Information about the research projects you are most interested in, why you are interested in these projects, and how your background fits with the desired experiences and qualifications for each project
  • Names and contact information for two college mathematics professors who will write letters of reference for you
  • An essay (1000 words or less) that responds to each of the following:
    • Describe two experiences that have prepared you to participate in this program.
    • Describe why you are interested in participating in a mathematics REU program, and specifically the GVSU Summer Mathematics REU.
    • Describe your favorite mathematical result or theorem, and explain why it is your favorite.
  • Transcripts from every undergraduate institution you have attended, compiled into a single PDF file. (Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. There are free online tools for combining PDF files.)

See the website for full details.

Opportunity Information

  • Job ID: 61059604
  • Location:
    Allendale, Michigan, United States
  • Company Name: GVSU 2022 Math REU
  • Opportunity Title: Summer 2022 Mathematics REU
  • Level: Undergraduate
  • Opportunity Type: Programs

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