2020 Summer Undergraduate Research Institute in Experimental Mathematics (SURIEM)

Supported by Michigan State University (MSU), the National Security Agency (NSA), and the National Science Foundation (NSF)

Lyman Briggs College at Michigan State University will be hosting a summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in mathematics in 2020. We currently have support for at least nine students through an NSF REU Site grant.

Program Details:

At least nine students will work with faculty from the Lyman Briggs College, the Department of Mathematics, the Department of Statistics and Probability and the Department of Computational Mathematics, Science, and Engineering. Students spend eight weeks at Michigan State University working in teams on one of the research projects described below.


We anticipate the 2020 program to support projects in recursive polynomials, topological data analysis, and incompressible fluids.

Anticipated Dates:

May 24–July 18, 2020


Each student will receive a stipend of $4,000, on-campus housing, and a meal plan. Funds for travel to conferences are available through support from MSU, NSA, and NSF.

Who Should Apply:

The program is restricted to students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, who are current undergraduate students, and who will be undergraduate students in the fall semester of 2020. Students from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Selection Details:

Preference will be given to applicants who are at an early stage of their study of mathematics, e.g. rising sophomores and rising juniors. Preference will be given to applications received by March 1, 2020. Applications will be reviewed starting on March 1 and will continue to be reviewed until all positions have been filled.

Application Available Soon:

We anticipate using a common application for NSF REU sites in the mathematical sciences. Details will be posted soon.


For additional information, please contact Dr. Robert Bell, via email or call (517) 353-4857.

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