Maria K. Cameron
University of Maryland, Department of Mathematics
Research Experience for Undergraduates
Modern topics in pure and applied mathematics
An intense 8-week summer program for undergraduate students will be run at the University of Maryland, College Park, MD, for three years: 2022, 2023, and 2024. Research topics in six different fields of contemporary pure and applied mathematics will be offered. Each year, two research topics will be advertised and a total of 12 undergraduates will be recruited nationwide.
The projects will come from hot research areas where a lot of exploration is yet to be done. This will enable the undergraduates to exploit their creativity and advance knowledge in the corresponding fields. The REU program will start with two weeks of teaching the undergraduates the necessary background. Then each team of six undergrads will be split into a few subgroups to work on specific projects within each topic. Each team will include a UMD graduate assistant who will help the faculty team leader mentor the undergrads. Besides technical training and research activities, the REU program will involve three weekly seminars: the Update Seminar where the undergrads will give oral presentations on their projects, the Exposure Seminar where professors from the UMD and nearby universities will give expository talks on their research, and the Lunchtime Workshop where topics such as how to apply for graduate schools and research fellowships, how to write a paper and give a talk will be discussed. The REU program will be concluded with the Symposium where each undergraduate participant will give a talk. Additionally, each undergrad will need to write a report that will be converted into a paper in a peer-reviewed journal. Selected participants will be given an opportunity to present their work in conferences such as the Joint Mathematics Meeting.
Summer 2022
Senior and junior personnel
- Masha Cameron, the REU program director, leader of Project 2, mariakc@umd.edu
- Wojtek Czaja, the REU program co-director, czaja@umd.edu
- Dio Margetis, leader of Project 1, diom@umd.edu
- Luis Suarez, TA of Project 1, lcsuarez@umd.edu
- Luke Evans, TA of Project 2, evansal@umd.edu
- Margot Yuan, TA of Project 2, jyuan98@umd.edu
Schedule
- Monday, June 13
Kick-off meeting, MATH 3206, 10 AM -- 12 PM. Slides
- Weeks 1—2 (06/13—06/24):
Daily Tutorials/Computer Labs. Each REU student is expected to choose a particular project by themed of Week 2.
- Weeks 3—8 (06/27 — 08/05):
- Working on particular projects
- Monday: Lunchtime Workshop (12--1 PM, MATH lounge)
- Wednesday: Exposure Seminar (2–3 PM, MATH3206)
- Friday: Update Seminar (1:30—3:30 PM, MATH3206)
- Wednesday, August 3:
Poster Competition
- Friday, August 5:
Symposium
Lunchtime Workshop
Mondays, 12--1 PM, MATH lounge
- June 27: How to give a talk
- July 11: How to apply to graduate schools and for graduate research fellowships
- July 18: How to write a paper
- July 25: How to design a good poster
- August 1: How to prepare the final presentation for the Symposium
Exposure Seminar
Wednesdays, 2--3 PM, MATH 3206
- June 29: Yanir Rubinstein, Convexity, positivity, and some tales on mentoring research
- July 6: Haizhao Yang, Solving Forward and Inverse Problems Using Reinforcement Learning
- July 13: Wojtek Czaja, Harmonic Analysis meets ML
- July 20: Stuart Antman, The PDEs of continuum physics: the virtue of ignorance
- July 27: Deep Ray, Deep Learning aided Bayesian inference
- August 3: Jonathan Rosenberg, The mathematics of crystals and quasicrystals
Update Seminar
Fridays, 1:30--3:30 PM, MATH 3206
- The REU students will give 15-minute talks on their projects
- In each seminar, 2—4 students from each group will speak
- Each REU student is expected to give at least two talks besides the Symposium
Poster Competition
Wednesday, August 3, Rotunda
- Each research mini-team working on a particular project is expected to present a poster
- Graduate students not involved in the REU will judge the poster competition
Symposium
Friday, August 5, MATH 3206
- Each REU student will give a 20-minute talk: what project she/he was working on, what did she/he learn, what are the research results
Final Report
Due Day: Friday, August 5
- Each REU student is expected to write a report on her/his work.
This report can be a draft of a paper, a research write-up, or a summary of what the student has learned.
Outdoor adventures
- A hike in the Great Falls park, the Billy Goat Trail, June 26, 2022
Great Falls, MD, Scenic Outlook |
Great Falls, MD, Billy Goat Trail |
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