Category Archives: Undergraduate research

Illinois in Washington


IIW is a University of Illinois sponsored academic internship program that is held in Washington, D.C. each semester and over the summer.   Whether you are interested in our political process, in business and economics, the myriad of ways in which government affects your life, or if you just curious about what goes on in Washington, D.C. the IIW has something for you. No matter what your current interests are or future plans may be; you should consider interning and studying in our nation’s Capital for a summer or for a semester.

There is an INFORMATION MEETING this TUESDAY, MARCH 12  at 4:00pm in 130 Wholers Hall  The deadline for the Fall 2013 session of the IIW program has been EXTENDED to March 15.  The application process is quick and easy.  For more information, see:    Questions?  Contact Don Greco at




Harvard Summer Program extension

Call for applications: Application deadline has been extended to March 4, 2013 
Summer Program in Quantitative Sciences at the Harvard School of Public Health
June 1 – July 13, 2013
Website for Eligibility & Requirements:
If you like mathematics and would like to learn how quantitative methods can be applied in the study of human health, then the Summer Program in Quantitative Sciences is for you.  The Summer Program will introduce you to the power and excitement of math applications to public health, medicine, and biology, and possibly convince you that this is the career direction you’ve been looking for!
The Summer Program is an intensive program, during which highly qualified undergraduates receive a whirlwind introduction to the fields of biostatistics and epidemiology and to the use of quantitative methods for biological, environmental, public health, and medical research. The program also provides advice about graduate school and the application process through GRE preparation, meetings with different departments of the Harvard School of Public Health, and individualized mentoring by Harvard faculty.
Participants take non-credit introductory courses in biostatistics and STATA (a statistical program), and attend a series of afternoon topical seminars. The seminars, led by faculty members from various departments at the Harvard School of Public Health, are designed to broaden participant’s understanding of the relationship of biostatistics to human health by providing a snapshot of methods developed and applied to real research projects in different fields.
Participants also gain research experience through small-group research projects directed by faculty and graduate student mentors.  Students apply statistical methods to real data to address important and timely questions.  For example, one group of students recently studied whether there was a relationship between body mass index and postpartum depression. Another research project examined the effects of arsenic exposure on proteomic profiles in Bangladesh.  At the end of the program, students present their research to the group and to affiliated faculty.
Alumni of the Summer Program have earned or are enrolled in graduate degrees in many campuses over the country, including Masters or PhDs in Biostatistics and Epidemiology.
Potential applicants should have some aptitude and interest in quantitative methods and an interest in public health as a career.  Prior exposure to statistics is not required.   Housing and travel are provided and a living stipend of approximately $1500/month is provided.  Please email any questions to:

Midwest Statistics Research Colloquium

The sixth Midwest Statistics Research Colloquium will take place on March 15-16, at Madison, Wisconsin. The conference program is now available at
This colloquium is intended to give visibility to quality research by students and faculty at all levels in statistics department in the Midwest and also to give everyone a chance to form new friendships, new collaborations, and obtain new ideas without having to travel a significant distance. We also want participants to enjoy a day of relaxation in a scholarly environment.
Students are encouraged to present a poster at the colloquium.  To apply to present a poster, please email PDF(s) containing a CV, a well-written abstract, and a one-page outline of the results to Yuguo Chen at  The deadline for applications is February 15, 2013. Some of the best posters will receive a cash award of $100.00 each.
Given the space constraint, the number of participants is capped at 100. Please register as soon as possible.

Proposals for Undergraduate Research Symposium

I mentioned circling the date last semester, but now is the time you can apply to present at the Undergraduate Research Symposium. If you have been working a research project with faculty, or as part of an independent study course, or perhaps a unique course project (not scripted homework, but an independently developed project), then you should consider turning it into a poster or presentation for the URS.

This is an excellent experience and looks great on a resume or CV. Even if you don’t submit and present this year, it’s an event worth attending, especially for newer students. Thursday, April 18. Illini Union. Details below.
Would you please include the information below in any listserv you have for your majors as well as encourage your best majors to present their senior theses, capstone projects, and other works of original research/creative activities?  Thank you.
Proposals are now being accepted for the 2013 Undergraduate Research Symposium which will be held on Thursday 18 April in the Illini Union.  All UI undergraduate students are encouraged to present their original research and creative activities in the form of posters, oral presentations, or performances. For the first time, cash awards will be given to the best student research projects.
Submit Proposals at
Proposal Deadline: Thursday 7 February at 11:59 PM.
Questions should be addressed to

Office of Undergraduate Research

Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) @ LearnLab

Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh have an exciting opportunity summer research experience for undergraduates (REU) available for undergraduates.  The application for this program is attached and can also be found at
This REU program is sponsored by LearnLab, a Science of Learning Center funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).   We encourage applications from students who would like to conduct research in the fields of psychology, education, computer science, human-computer interfaces and language technologies. LearnLab’s REU program allows talented undergraduates to spend 8 weeks during the summer in a research laboratory at Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, or one of our research partners.  The REU program supports LearnLab’s commitment to training a diverse set of science, technology, education, and psychology leaders.Applications are encouraged from students who wish to learn to conduct research in a modern academic research laboratory under the guidance of experienced scientists and engineers and experiment in real classroom environments. The REU program will expose students to the excitement and opportunities of a research career. This experience will provide excellent preparation for students interested in subsequently pursuing a Masters or Ph.D. degree. Although students from other years may apply, this opportunity is most fitting for a student at the end of the junior year of undergraduate studies.


Each student will receive a fellowship stipend of $4000 for the eight-week REU program. Food, housing and travel will also be provided. Students will conduct research in an area matched to the interests expressed in the student’s application. Guidance and supervision of the research project will be provided by the faculty member as well as, in some cases, a postdoctoral fellow and/or advanced graduate student.


Seminars specific to those participating in the REU program will be held weekly including seminars on graduate admissions and career opportunities in science, education, computer science and engineering. In addition, LearnLab seminars and those held by Carnegie Mellon’s Human Computer Interaction Institute and Language Technologies Institute and seminars at Pitt’s Language Research and Development Center will be open to the students, giving them exposure to a wide range of research in learning sciences.


There are several benefits that the participating students may receive. If the studentâ?Ts research in the summer is of high quality and has added value to an ongoing research project, past students have been asked to be a coauthor on the research team’s publication on that subject. Addition of publications to the resume of a graduate school applicant always greatly improves the application.  If the quality of the research is high, the faculty member who advised the student would likely be willing to write a letter of recommendation for the student which could be included in a graduate school application. Research experience in one of the National Science Foundation’s premier research centers will be viewed attractively. Finally, a summer spent in one of the National Science Foundation’s premier project areas is a plus in an application whether it be for entry to Carnegie Mellon or the University of Pittsburgh or to any other institution.


There are scholarships available for graduate work on projects in LearnLab. The student should inquire about these possibilities during the summer program.


REU Program Dates: Students will begin their research experience on Sunday, June 2, 2013 with a welcoming reception and information session.  The REU program will end on Friday July 26, 2013 with a poster session in the afternoon. Submission of an application indicates that the applicant agrees to be present from June 2 to 4pm July 26, 2013 inclusive.


Application Deadline: Deadline for applications is February 15, 2013. Students will be informed of our decision by March 1, 2013.


Minimum Requirements: Students should have a minimum of 3.5 GPA out of 4.0 although we will consider students who show by other measures that they are exceptional and who have GPAs over 3.2. Class standing and grades in specific subjects that are close to the field of research will also be considered, as are recommendations.


Number of slots/ positions available: LearnLab can accommodate as many as 10 positions, although in any given year, we may decide to fund less than 10 applicants


Best Regards,


Michael Bett

LearnLab Managing Director

(412) 268-8616




MAXIMA Summer REU in Interdisciplinary Mathematics

MAXIMA Summer REU in Interdisciplinary Mathematics

The Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) and the Macalester College Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science announce a six-week (June 10 – July 19, 2013) REU in applied mathematics. The program will be hosted at the IMA facilities at the Twin Cities campus of the University of Minnesota (UMN).

Students will work on open research problems posed by UMN researchers in computer science and engineering. Research teams will be advised by Macalester and University of St. Thomas faculty. Students will also collaborate with IMA postdoctoral fellows. Topics for summer 2013 are drawn from compressed sensing, image recognition, and robotics. The various projects employ techniques from mathematics, statistics, and computer science.

Full details, including descriptions from three previous summers, can be found at:

The online application is due February 22, 2013. This program is sponsored by a three-year NSF grant and by the IMA. Please direct any questions to

We look forward to hearing from your aspiring undergraduates,

Attachment: 2013-MAXIMA-REU Poster-2.pdf

Fadil Santosa, Director, Institute for Mathematics and its Applications
Andrew Beveridge, Assistant Professor, Macalester College

Summer Research Opportunity for Undergraduates

Summer Research Opportunity-University of Tokyo
The Graduate School of Science at the University of Tokyo will offer summer research internship opportunities to qualified undergraduate students. The program is a grant program, named UTRIP (the University-of-Tokyo Research Internship Program). The features of the UTRIP program are as follows:
* Six-week research-centered program for students who wish to obtain a Master’s or Doctoral   
  degree in natural science areas.
* Providing financial support to all participants including housing for the full period of six week,  
   coverage for traveling costs to, and from Japan (up to 100,000 yen) as well as stipend of  
   60,000 yen to cover some personal expenses in Japan. No program fees will be charged.
* Eligibility: Undergraduate students of a Bachelor’s degree program. At selection, however, the  
   priority for nomination is given to applicants in their junior years.
* Application process: All application materials will be accepted at the
   given site.
* Please check for the application procedure at:
The program details are available at the website below:
Please contact me at the email address:, if you have any questions.
Matthew Price, PhD.
Undergraduate Research and National and International Scholarships Coordinator
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Fifth Floor, Illini Union Bookstore
807 South Wright Street
Champaign, IL 61820

Summer@ICERM Undergraduate Summer Research Program

Undergraduate Summer Research Program
at Brown University
June 17 – August 9, 2013

The 2013 Summer@ICERM program is designed for a select group of 10-12 undergraduate scholars. Students will work in small groups of two or three, supervised by faculty advisors and aided by teaching assistants. The faculty advisors will provide a list of interesting open problems in geometry and in dynamical systems. These problems include Euclidean, hyperbolic and projective geometry, iteration of geometric constructions, and mathematical billiards. Students will form research groups to work on the problems, will give talks about their findings, and will write up their research into a paper at the end of the program.

The Application Process 

Applications for the 2013 Summer@ICERM are being accepted through


Applicants must not yet have graduated with an undergraduate degree at the time of the program start.


Funding is available for a limited number of students who are not US citizens or permanent residents.

All application materials must be received by February 6, 2013.

*Accepted Brown University students will receive a Brown UTRA stipend in lieu of the Summer@ICERM funding package.


100% of the Summer@ICERM 2012 student survey respondents indicated they would recommend the Summer@ICERM program to their friends.

“Perfectly organized research program, projects were very accessible and we had the chance to have real progress on our research. Professors were very helpful and the meetings were very useful. ICERM looks wonderful and it is a great place to do research.”
— Summer@ICERM 2012 participant

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Mayo Clinic Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program

The Mayo Clinic and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have partnered to provide an outstanding opportunity for our undergraduates to serve as a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow (SURF) at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.  Up to five (5) slots in this highly successful program have been allocated to Urbana campus undergraduates. The deadline for applications is 5 PM Monday, January 7, 2013. Please view the attachment for more information.  For more information, please contact Maggie Miller (


Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign