Maria K. Cameron

University of Maryland, Department of Mathematics

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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.

The UMD website for the REU

Summer 2022

REU 2022 team

REU 2022 team: (left to right) Channing Bentz (University of Nebraska), Dmitry Pinchuk (University of Wisconsin, Madison), Kausik Das (Harvey Mudd College), Shivam Mojite (Vanderbilt University), Daniel Yuan (Blair High School), Luke Triplett (Duke University), William Clark (Davidson College), Maria Cameron (the REU director, UMD), Madi Sousa (University of Denver), Luis Suarez (TA, UMD), Prisca Calkins (Towson University), Dario Cruzado Padro (University of Puerto Rico), Margot Yuan (TA, UMD), Amar Shah (UC Berkeley), Dennis Corraliza (University of Central Florida)

Senior and junior personnel


Lunchtime Workshop

Mondays, 12--1 PM, MATH lounge

Exposure Seminar

Wednesdays, 2--3 PM, MATH 3206

Update Seminar

Fridays, 1:30--3:30 PM, MATH 3206

Poster Competition

Wednesday, August 3, Rotunda

Posters Winners: Dario Cruzado and Madison Sousa.
Runner-up: Kausik Das.


Friday, August 5, MATH 3206

Final Report

Due Day: Friday, August 5

Outdoor adventures