2020 Summer Undergraduate Research Institute in Experimental Mathematics (SURIEM)

May 17–July 11, 2020 | Applications now open

Lyman Briggs College at Michigan State University will be hosting a summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in mathematics in 2020. We have support for eighteen students through an NSF REU Site grant. This program is supported by Michigan State University (MSU), the National Security Agency (NSA), and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Program Details:

Students will spend eight weeks at Michigan State University, working 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 on one of the research projects described below.


Projects will include work on Hecke algebras, optimal transport, random walks on graphs, recursive polynomials, topological data analysis, and others. 

Project Descriptions:

Please click the titles to access PDF project research descriptions. 

Program Dates:

May 17–July 11, 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.

Application Directions:

As of January 1, 2020, applicants should visit the NSF REU website and create an account to search for "SURIEM' under the list of REU sites. Applicants with additional questions should contact Dr. Robert Bell

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.


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

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