Summer Math Scholarship

2019/2020 - Enhanced Research Experience for Undergraduates


Sponsored by the Summer Math Foundation,
the Stony Brook Department of Mathematics,
and Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URECA)

This program entails a twelve-month series of activities, during Spring 2020, Summer 2020, and Fall 2020.

What does the Enhanced Research Experience for Undergraduates consist of?

The program will start with an independent study course (MAT 487) covering Symplectic Geometry, to be held during Spring 2020. This course will be lead by an advanced math graduate student and supervised by Professor Mark McLean. Up to four students who apply for the Independent Study course will meet weekly with the graduate student and study materials provided by Prof. McLean. By the end of February 2020, the Summer Math Committee, together with Professor McLean, will choose the recipient of the Summer Math Scholarship among the students enrolled in MAT 487. (All students will earn the appropriate MAT 487 credit/grade. ) Participation in MAT 487 is a necessary (but not sufficient) condition for receiving the Summer Math Scholarship.

During the Summer of 2020, the selected student will work for 10 weeks on a research program under the guidance of Prof McLean. During this period, the student will enroll either in MAT487 or MAT495.

During the Fall 2020, the selected student will register for MAT 495: Honors Thesis under the direction of Prof. McLean and will produce a paper about the results found during the summer. The student agrees to present a poster on these results as part of URECA the following spring.

What does the program cover?

The program will cover on-campus housing, meal plan, and University student fees during Summer 2020 for the selected student. In addition, a modest stipend is included to cover travel and incidental expenses.

What are the requirements to apply?

An applicant should

How to apply

By October 28, 2019 students interested in taking the independent study course in the Spring of 2020 under the direction of Professor Mark McLean, and being considered for the Enhanced REU in the Summer, should apply by completing this form.

The application must include both a letter of intent and a current unofficial transcript. This letter of intent should address all of the following.

  1. Mathematical background of the student (not just course numbers, but including the course content). If appropriate, the letter should also address topics and ideas learned by the student outside of coursework at Stony Brook.
  2. Reasons why the student is interested in the program.
  3. Reasons why the student is a good candidate for the program.
  4. The explanation of an idea or statement in mathematics that the student finds interesting.
  5. Future career plans (if appropriate).

Students will be informed by November 1 whether they have been selected to participate in the special section of MAT487. As always, students wishing to do an independent study with another faculty member are always eligible to enroll in MAT487 with that professor, pending approval.

The topic and lead faculty of the Enhanced Research Experience for Undergraduates will change yearly.