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2021 Summer Undergraduate Research Institute in Experimental Mathematics (SURIEM)

May 23–July 17, 2021 (tentative) | Applications now open

Lyman Briggs College at Michigan State University will be hosting a summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in mathematics in 2021. This program is supported by Michigan State University (MSU), the National Security Agency (NSA), and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Program Details:

The 2021 SURIEM REU program will be a virtual (online) program.  Students will spend eight weeks working with faculty at Michigan State University in the Lyman Briggs College, the Department of Mathematics, the Department of Statistics and Probability, and the Department of Computational Mathematics, Science, and Engineering. The projects listed below are confirmed for this summer.


The following projects will be offered:

We may offer one or two additional projects this summer. Detailed descriptions will be shared when and if this is confirmed.

Program Dates:

May 23–July 17, 2021 (tentative)


Each student will receive a stipend of $4,000. Funding to participate in conferences is 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 have completed 1 year as a full-time undergraduate student, and who will be a full-time undergraduate student in the fall semester of 2021. Students who are from underrepresented groups, who have only completed one or two years of study of mathematics, and/or who attend colleges without access to large research departments are especially encouraged to apply.

Application Directions:

Applications are open as of January 4, 2021. Please apply at the NSF-ETAP website. You will need to create an account and search for SURIEM under the list of REU sites. Use the Mathematical Sciences filter to find the program quickly. 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, 2021. 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.

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