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.
- To nurture research abilities, promote independent thinking, and enhance technical skills as well as the written and oral presentation skills of the undergraduate participants.
To provide training to undergraduates from schools with limited research opportunities in STEM fields.
To train local graduate students to run REU programs and serve as research mentors.
Dates of the Summer Program:
June 12, 2023 -- August 4, 2023
- June 12: 10:00 AM -- 4:00 PM Kick-off. Room: MATH 3206 and the graduate lounge
- June 13 -- June 23. Tutorials. Room: TBA
- Mondays June 26, July 3, 10, 24, 12:00 PM -- 1:30 PM. Lunchtime workshop. MATH Lounge
- Wednesdays June 28, July 5,12, 19, 26, 2:00 PM -- 3:00 PM. Exposure Seminar. Room: MATH 3206
- Thursdays June 15, 22, 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27, 4:00 PM -- 5:00 PM. : Joint seminar with other STEM REUs, Room: MATH3206
- Fridays June 30, July 7, 14, 21, 28, 1:30 PM -- 3:30 PM. Update Seminar. Room: MATH 3206
- Monday, July 17. Visit to NSA is CANCELED
- Monday, July 31. Joint lunch with other STEM REUs and graduate directors
- Wednesday, August 2, 12 PM -- 2 PM. Poster Competition. Rotunda of the Math Building.
- Friday, August 4. 10:00 AM -- 4:00 PM. Symposium. Room: MATH 3206
Monday, June 12, MATH 3206
- 10 AM -- 10:20 AM: Opening Remarks
- 10:20 AM -- 10:50 AM: Maria Cameron, Data-driven methods and model reduction for the study of rare events in stochastic systems
- 10:55 AM -- 11:25 AM: Christian Zickert, Cluster algebras and polylogarithm relations
- 11:30 AM -- 12:00 PM: Antonio De Rosa, Geometric measure theory in optimal transport, geometric flows, and minimal surfaces
- 12:05 PM -- 12:35 PM: Rodrigo Trevino, Statistical mechanics for quasicrystals
- 12:40 PM -- 1:40 PM: Lunch
- 1:40 PM -- 2:10 PM: A tour around relevant buildings
- 2:10 PM -- 4:00 PM: Meeting with research leaders
UMD Calendar: Campus Closures
We will follow the UMD Academic Calendar (scroll to the bottom of the page.)
- June 19, Monday: Juneteenth Holiday. Campus closed.
- July 4, Tuesday: Independence Day Holiday. Campus closed.
Wednesdays, 2--3 PM, MATH 3206
- June 28: Jonathan Rosenberg, The Bernoulli numbers: how they
were first discovered and some of their amazing applications
- July 5: Bill Goldman, Lines of Cubic Surfaces
- July 12: Yanir Rubinstein, Mahler and Bourgain Conjectures - Geometry, Number Theory, and Convex/Complex Analysis
- July 19: Rodrigo Trevino, Swedish royalty and space travel
- July 26: Abba Gumel, Mathematics of Epidemics
Joint REU Seminar.
Thursdays, 4--5 PM, MATH 3206
- June 15: Erin Molly, Models and methods for reconstructing population-level evolutionary histories and
relationships to tumor phylogenetics
- June 22: Najib El-Sayed, Computational Biology
- June 29: Maria Cameron, Quantifying Rare Events in Stochastic Systems
- July 6, note special time 3--4 PM: Dana Dachman-Soled, Types of Cybersecurity Attacks
- July 13: Evan Golub, How to do bad science SPECIAL LOCATION: IRIBE 4105
- July 20: Victor Yakovenko, Statistical Mechanics of Money
- July 27: Emily Kaplitiz, Neurodivergence
Mondays, 12--1:30 PM, MATH lounge
- June 26: How to give a talk
- July 3, 10: How to apply to a graduate school and for graduate research fellowships
- July 24: How to prepare a poster and write the final report.
Maria Cameron, email@example.com
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