Hi Everyone, I am participating in a REU program this summer 2012. This will be the very first time I will be doing research - ever! I would greatly appreciate your advice of how to perform well at REU and achieve some conclusive results. Can you share with me/us your previous REU experiences such as daily activities, relationships with your research mentors and peers, ways to do your work effectively and efficiently? I would love to provide some information about my current situation: spring 2012 is my second semester as a math major. I just have some (VERY) basic background in math: calculus, linear algebra, probability and statistics and little bit of abstract algebra. I am taking ODEs right now. I have no programming experiences, except a little bit of MATLAB and Maple. I have been doing really well in my math classes (grade: 98-100). But I am from a very small university. People say (and I have the same opinion too) that the math program at my school is really easy, therefore I am not sure about what my actual mathematical ability is. I am always working really hard. I am so thankful that I have been accepted to the Mathematical Biosciences Institute at The Ohio State University. Has anyone participated or does anyone know someone who has participated in this program before? The program seems fantastic to me but it is great to hear opinions from previous participants. I hope to hear back from you. Thanks for your time replying. I would greatly appreciate your sharing of information and experiences.