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Summer 2013 Math and Science REU Thread

by Stengah
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PhysicsGente
#91
Feb27-13, 12:26 PM
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I have my fingers crossed!
mathskier
#92
Feb27-13, 01:22 PM
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Anyone know how to predict chances? For instance, I come from a mid-sized school, have one semester of research experience, and very high grades, but I'm a sophomore and not a girl/ minority.
Stengah
#93
Feb27-13, 01:48 PM
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Quote Quote by mathskier View Post
Anyone know how to predict chances? For instance, I come from a mid-sized school, have one semester of research experience, and very high grades, but I'm a sophomore and not a girl/ minority.
What I have heard from talking to REU directors and other people is that your personal statement and letters of recommendation carry a majority of the weight. Of course this will vary from program to program, but there are just too many applicants with good grades. So hopefully your semester of research transferred to a good recommendation letter. If you read the rest of this thread, you should have seen some acceptance statistics. The acceptance rates for these is incredibly low. Some put a ton of weight on minority status and the type of university you attend, and other programs seem to care more just about merit. So it's pretty difficult to predict chances.
Null_
#94
Feb27-13, 03:04 PM
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I applied to several programs this year. One program said they will notify students by March 1st. I'm going backpacking on March 1st and will be away from email and phone for 11 days. Should I send them an email tomorrow explaining this? I'm worried that they might only give a week or so to make a decision. That is if I get in... Or should I set up an auto-response email? I'm hesitant to do this though because I get many emails that are sent to large groups of people, and the sender doesn't need to get a reply from me for every email..
Stengah
#95
Feb27-13, 05:58 PM
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Quote Quote by Null_ View Post
I applied to several programs this year. One program said they will notify students by March 1st. I'm going backpacking on March 1st and will be away from email and phone for 11 days. Should I send them an email tomorrow explaining this? I'm worried that they might only give a week or so to make a decision. That is if I get in... Or should I set up an auto-response email? I'm hesitant to do this though because I get many emails that are sent to large groups of people, and the sender doesn't need to get a reply from me for every email..
That's a terrible situation and I would definitely send them an email explaining it.
mege
#96
Feb27-13, 08:35 PM
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Quote Quote by Null_ View Post
I applied to several programs this year. One program said they will notify students by March 1st. I'm going backpacking on March 1st and will be away from email and phone for 11 days. Should I send them an email tomorrow explaining this? I'm worried that they might only give a week or so to make a decision. That is if I get in... Or should I set up an auto-response email? I'm hesitant to do this though because I get many emails that are sent to large groups of people, and the sender doesn't need to get a reply from me for every email..
Auto-response emails are generally sent only once per-person (presuming you have a 'normal' email provider/client). You could also ask someone to check your email for you.

Think about it this way: if you get an acceptance, and can't respond in 5 days, you're delaying the possible acceptance of someone else. So, why would you even want to delay the entire process because you're unavailable?
notphysicsguy
#97
Feb27-13, 09:06 PM
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Does anyone have any experience at the William and Mary Matrix Analysis REU? Also, the SMALL program at Williams is done with applications. I was shortlisted for Ergodic theory but apparently most people took the offer =/
ofb
#98
Feb27-13, 09:53 PM
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FYI I applied to [math REUs at Emory, Duluth, SMALL, SUNY Potsdam, Cornell, Iowa State, LSU, Mt. Holyoke, Penn State, Texas A&M], and [Vic Reiner's REU at Minnesota], and got responses from four: rejections from Emory, Duluth, and SMALL, acceptance from LSU. I accepted the offer from LSU since out of the REUs I hadn't been rejected from, the topics at the LSU REU interested me most (I want to do something related to Galois theory). Remaining applications have been retracted. I am a sophomore at a mid-sized research university.

Also, with regards to giving gifts to letter writers, after poking around some more I have come to the conclusion that gifts are frowned upon as a sort of bribe but a handwritten letter is much appreciated.

Good luck to everyone.
mathskier
#99
Feb27-13, 11:38 PM
P: 30
If they say they will notify by March 1st I take that to mean you will hear today (the 28th) so I say just wait until this evening and email them asking if you hear nothing.
dustbin
#100
Feb28-13, 11:52 AM
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Declined by U Minnesota this morning.
usnavi13
#101
Feb28-13, 12:08 PM
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Rejected from SMALL (probability/number theory project) yesterday.
mathstudent99
#102
Feb28-13, 05:57 PM
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Freshmen at a top 5 university. I'm majoring in math and had taken a bunch of math classes (2 semesters of analysis and algebra and 1 semester of differential geometry) in high school at a large research university.
Rejected from Emory 2/4.
Rejected (shortlisted) from Duluth 2/9.
Accepted at Berkeley Geometry, Topology, and Operator Algebras RTG Summer Research Program for the Symplectic Embeddings group 2/26.
Rejected (shortlisted) from SMALL Ergodic theory group 2/27.
Rejected from Minnesota Twin Cities 2/28.
Still waiting on Cornell, Cal State San Bernadino, U Michigan, and U Washington, and RIPS Hong Kong (not actually an REU but close enough).
MechE2015
#103
Mar1-13, 02:13 AM
P: 20
Is anyone here applying for engineering (specifically materials/mechanical) REU programs? If so, any news thus far? I've applied to about 12 universities and haven't heard anything yet, getting anxious.
Lavabug
#104
Mar1-13, 08:33 AM
P: 881
I was just notified that I am on the waitlist for National Radio Astronomy Observatory's Student Summer research program (not really an REU, as it's meant for graduating seniors/graduates). To any selected candidate that isn't going, please let them know within 2 weeks!
burgandyduck
#105
Mar1-13, 02:18 PM
P: 2
Has anyone heard anything from Columbia/Nevis Labs? Heard they may be sending acceptance e-mails today.
PhysicsGente
#106
Mar1-13, 03:04 PM
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Has anyone heard anything from Columbia/Nevis Labs? Heard they may be sending acceptance e-mails today.
I also heard they were looking at applications today. Seems like I didn't get in ;(.
Rampant Lion
#107
Mar1-13, 05:31 PM
P: 5
I have heard back from Old Dominion and Rutgers physics thus far. Will be disappointed if Columbia/Nevis made offers today as they were a top choice for me.
arubirurei
#108
Mar1-13, 08:05 PM
P: 6
I was accepted to both Oregon State and Willamette's WiVaM in the past week, but now I don't know which is better. They're about 20 minutes away from each other and the stipend's nearly exactly the same. Oregon State seems to have a decent reputation? Anyone know where Willamette's REU stands?

Also, got rejected from SMALL after royally messing up on the phone portion. Good to get that off my chest :/


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