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Summer 2009 Math REUs

  1. Mar 1, 2009 #1
    I'm starting this up to find out who else is applying to math REUs for the summer of 2009. That way, we can talk about when we got acceptances/rejections and what not.

    I've applied to:
    Williams College
    Indiana University
    University of Nebraska-Lincoln
    College of William & Mary
    University of Minnesota-Duluth

    So far, I have been rejected to University of Minnesota-Duluth, and I haven't heard back from anyone else (but the deadlines are not up yet on most of these).

    Anyone apply to any math REUs? How is it going? Hear anything back?
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  3. Mar 2, 2009 #2
    Applied to:
    University of Nebraska-Linclon
    College of William and Mary
    Central Michigan
    Grand Valley State

    Haven't heard back from anyone yet. I think all of the deadlines were either last week or this coming week.
  4. Mar 2, 2009 #3
    I have applied only to two REU programs, mainly due to the fact that i am an international student, and since most of these programs are funded by NSF they don't accept international students. So the two programs i applied for are:

    1.Williams College-SMALL REU

    So far, i have not yet been officialy rejected from the first one, but when i sent them an email they told me that i had not made to the short list, but nothing is for sure yet, since thay said that my application was pretty close to get into that list.

    Haven't heard form the second one yet.
  5. Mar 2, 2009 #4

    Which projects did you apply for at UNL? I chose the Differential/Difference equation one first because I've done research with difference equations previously, and I have ODE and PDE classes under my belt.


    Which projects at WIlliams college are you hoping for? I chose commutative algebra. Maybe I should contact these guys since it seems that they will give me an idea of how my application is doing if I e-mail them.
  6. Mar 2, 2009 #5
    I also chose the differential/difference equation one first and chose the graph theory one second.
    I haven't done any research related to either, but i've taken ODE and PDE classes as well as discrete math and graph theory classes
  7. Mar 2, 2009 #6
    Neat. The deadlines for most of these places are this week. I would guess that we should start hearing back from them sometime soon. I would prefer doing math research this summer over working at a video store again.
  8. Mar 2, 2009 #7
    Well, i applied for commutative algebra as well, but the problem with my application, i would guess, is that so far i have only one course in Abstract Algebra under my belt, since this is my third semester. So i think next summer, when i would have taken at least one or two other courses in abstract alg. my chanches will increase consequently.

    Well, the reason that they gave me some hints with regard to my application, i would assume, is because i am planning to fly home this summer, so i told them that i needed to make flight arrangements as soon as possible, so that's why they got back to mee soon after i applied.
  9. Mar 2, 2009 #8
    I applied to mostly physics/astronomy but I just wanted to join the party. I hope thats alright.

    1. National Radio Astronomy Observatory
    2. Brookhaven National Lab
    3. Argonne National lab
    4. Kennedy Space Center ?(not sure if my application went through)
    5. SETI
    6. Duke University
    7. Michigan State
    8. Notre Dame
    9. PARI
    10. Purdue
    11. Baylor
    12. NC State for math

    So far I have heard back from Brookhaven and I was rejected. Crossing my fingers for one of them; should be hearing back from a several this week. Good luck everyone.
  10. Mar 2, 2009 #9
    Applied to:
    susquehanna: quantum info theory
    Mount Holyoak: Algebraic Geometry
    NKU: Cryptology
    Hope College

    Won't know for a bit since the deadlines are later than average on these. I have a pretty narrow interest range and I aimed low and narrow since this is my first REU and I feel that working in an area I'm very familiar with gives me the best chance of getting some good work done(something published).
  11. Mar 2, 2009 #10
    Sheneron: Definitely, we can all talk about the whole REU process. Join the party.

    Bourbaki1123: Yeah, I wish I was more narrowed down on what I wanted to do. I just applied to many different programs in general, and I hope that the program itself can help me to narrow things down a bit for me. Also, I'm into these things because I'm hoping for a publication as well!
  12. Mar 2, 2009 #11
    My goal was just to apply to as many as possible. Seeing as this will be my first REU I couldn't really care about publication (of course itd be nice), I just don't want to work at a restaurant or an amusement park this summer... I will worry about publication next go around when I have more experience and classes under my belt.
    Thats why my plan was to apply to as many as I possibly could, which really was how many I could apply to without feeling bad for the people writing recommendations for me.
  13. Mar 2, 2009 #12
    Well, I'm a junior now, so this is my only chance to do an REU. Therefore, I want to get everything I can out of the experience :). Basically just good research practice for grad school though. Plus, at my university, senior math majors are required to do a final semester-long research project.. So i'm hoping I can just continue with the research that I do at the REU during my senior year for my final project because so many seniors have trouble deciding on a project. It'd be nice to already have something figured out to work on.

    I'm at a smaller university, where my upper level math classes have 5-7 people. So, I know my professors really well. Therefore, I wasn't worried about feeling bad about letters of recommendation. The professors are good friends of mine.
  14. Mar 2, 2009 #13
    Time to toss my $0.02 on the whole REU season...

    I went full-out on trying to get into 1 astronomy/physics REU this year. My confidence is exponentially decaying, though.

    1. American Museum of Natural History
    2. University of Hawaii
    3. Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (not *officially* rejected yet, but a friend who applied to the same heard back first day. I haven't heard from them yet)
    4. SETI
    5. Cornell
    6. Univeristy of Florida
    7. Indiana University, Bloomington
    8. MSU, Bozeman
    9. University of Michigan (rejected)
    10. Institute for Nuclear Theory, University of Washington
    11. DOE: Summer Undergrad Lab Internship
    12. University College, London (not technically an NSF REU, but they were offering international student fellowships, so I sent a cv over)
    13. Kitt Peak National Observatory

    I'm in the same boat as Jacob, kind of. My university is pretty small and all of us juniors are pretty well accustomed to the faculty and their personalities. I've done research since the summer, performed a lecture series and done extensive volunteer work at our planetarium, but I still have a lot of butterflies in my stomach that I won't get accepted to any of them.

    Anyone know if my fears have any factual basis behind them? My research advisor told me that the REU process for selection is fairly random, but my feeling is that they just toss your name into a computer, rank by best [anomolous factor] and pick the top 10 like so.

    And what about reply times? UM rejected me prior to their deadline, SAO has accepted a friend of mine, but I haven't heard from them and UCL hasn't updated their page in a year+. Should I begin to cross some off my list when I don't hear back from them, say, a week or two after the deadline?

    As an aside, I was actually, pretty suprised that only ~180 people applied for the UM physics REU for their partnership with CERN. Obviously I didn't make the cut since I don't speak French and haven't built a tabletop particle accelerator, but I'm somewhat hopeful that the numbers are low for the others. Obviously the SETI and University of Hawaii ones are going to have probably over a thousand applicants each, so that's to be expected, but lesser-known ones like AMNH or IUB, maybe those have lower applicant counts like UM? Anyone know?

    UW is probably #1 or close to it on my list as far as want goes. It's close to home here in Seattle, I know the area, etc. Plus I hope to work on hunting for axions, which would satisfy my urge to study dark matter / particle physics immensely. AMNH is also a big one on my wish list.

    edit: I just checked my DOE status. It seems I passed the first round selection wave! I'm pretty tingly with excitement, but at the same time, I have to pass the 2nd round selection before I get selected for the internship. I'm very excited, though. This REU business means a lot to me for this summer. If I can get into 1, I'd be so happy for so long, oh man.
    Last edited: Mar 2, 2009
  15. Mar 2, 2009 #14
    I wanted to inform those that applied to Williams College that they are in final stages of making offers for SMALL 2009. I believe they should have a finalized list of accepted applicants by the end of this week.
  16. Mar 2, 2009 #15
    Well, you have a better shot than me in getting accepted to SETI haha. Which DOE labs did you apply for? Did your status say you were selected for internship or are you being reviewed for round 2? From what I understand is that you go to round 2 if you didn't get accepted in the first round. Thats what my status is and I thought it was a bad thing...
  17. Mar 2, 2009 #16

    Here's what the DOE faq says about their selection process regarding the SULIs:

    Hmmm...I guess you're right that the 2nd round is like a 2nd round draft pick. That puts a damper on my mood a bit, but oh well. At least we're still in the running. My first pick was SLAC and my second was NASA-AMES.

    SETI sounds like a dream job REU. Best of luck to you if you get in, I know I'm going to envy those that do!
  18. Mar 2, 2009 #17
    yes, SETI would be amazing. I was also really hoping for one of the national labs and they probably would be one of my top picks. I thought there would be a fair shot because I thought I read somewhere that they accept alot of students. Best of luck to you too.
  19. Mar 3, 2009 #18
    Just got rejected to Williams College via e-mail. Confidence is dwindling.
  20. Mar 3, 2009 #19
    For Williams College there were over 275 applicants for 15 spots, it was quite competitive. I could imagine that out of those 15 accepted students there are a few that go to Williams College. This would increase their likely hood of being accepted into that program.
  21. Mar 3, 2009 #20
    That's what I received in my e-mail.

    I'm waiting to hear from the other 5 places.
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