I'm a sophomore interested in pure math who's been looking at an applying for REU's for the last 2 months (in fact, I discovered this forum while looking for REU advice), but I'm not going to be surprised if I'm not accepted into any of the programs.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

My plan B is to try and get a research position at my home institution (which starts taking applicants after they know which majors were able to find REU positions) but that's not a sure thing by any means either.

In the event I find myself with no research opportunities how should I best spend my time this summer to get in a better position for 2011 REUs / grad school?

I was considering getting some text books and self teaching myself about an area of mathematics I'm interested in, or going back and filling any gaps in my understanding of foundation courses like linear algebra and calculus if I find myself with 3 months of time to fill.

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# Summer 2010 Plan B (or C, or D)

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