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2020 Applied Math REU Application

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Since 2005, undergraduates from UCLA and other local colleges have joined faculty and graduate students to conduct a broad variety of theoretical, numerical and experimental research projects in Applied Mathematics. The physical experiments are conducted primarily in UCLA's Applied Mathematics Laboratory.

The REU is an 8 week summer program in the Applied Mathematics group at UCLA. Students will have the opportunity to join an active research group with projects in image processing, control theory, fluid dynamics, mathematical biology and medicine, mathematics of crime, computer graphics, and other topics. The successful applicant will work with faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and other undergraduates. Throughout the summer, the REU program will be augmented by faculty-run informational sessions on research, careers in mathematics, and preparing for graduate school.

Program dates will be more variable this year depending on the project. The core program will start June 15 and finish August 7. In the final week of the program, students are expected to present the results of their research in both a written report and an oral presentation. For some projects the students may be asked to write software. The faculty mentor will identify the "deliverables" at the beginning of the summer and will work closely with the students in preparing the final result.

The stipend for the summer is roughly $7,000 some of which should be expected to pay for housing costs. Students are responsible for finding their own housing in the UCLA area.

Summer 2020 projects are being developed possible topics we are considering include (a) machine learning for Los Angeles homicide narratives ((b) gang models and gang activity (c) minimal surfaces for microfluidics (e) multichannel networks. More details are listed here. Students writing a research statement preference should write about their general research interests and are welcome to look at topics from past programs.  

The application (https://www.mathprograms.org/db/programs/918) deadline is February 15th.