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Quantitative Science REU at University of North Carolina

Posted by Elizabeth on January 8, 2010 in Honors Experiences, Research Information and Opportunities, Summer Research

The quantitative science REU program invites you to apply for an exciting summer undergraduate research experience on the beautiful campus of University of North Carolina at Greensboro. You will spend eight weeks (May 31-July 23) working closely with faculty mentors and other undergraduate research students on research projects in mathematics, physics, chemistry or biology. In addition, weekly Professional Development seminars will provide valuable information on topics such as applying to graduate school, preparing an effective presentation, scientific ethics, and more.

We are living an increasingly inter-connected world that requires the successful employment of quantitative skills in real-world applications. The sciences encompass a broad spectrum of academic fields, with most sub-disciplines having mathematical and statistical analysis as an integral component of their process. Students majoring in mathematics are well served to broaden their perspective by engaging in interdisciplinary studies. And, conversely, students majoring in the sciences should be encouraged to obtain a strong training in mathematics. Because the demand for quantitatively skilled scientists with interdisciplinary training will increase in upcoming years, UNCG developed an interdisciplinary quantitative REU site.

The objects of our REU are to 1) provide interdisciplinary undergraduate research experiences (URE) for students and 2) to advance the research programs of our faculty mentors. Each year, eight (8) students will investigate problems at the intersection of mathematics and the sciences. The interaction of diverse faculty members and students will lead to innovative mathematical solutions for scientific investigations and a rigorous sense of realism in the mathematical models. We are committed to recruiting and training a diverse group of participants, improving their critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, and communication skills. We expect that participants in our REU program will present their work at local, regional, and national Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) meetings and anticipate our research will lead to faculty and undergraduate student co-authored peer-reviewed manuscripts.

The stipend for Summer 2010 is $3500, and the program also provides housing in one of UNCG’s residence halls. Apply now and come spend your summer building your future!

LSAMP Scholars and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Persons needing special accommodations should contact Dr. Mary Crowe.