UCLA Department of Mathematics


Directed Reading Program

The Directed Reading Program (DRP) pairs undergraduate students with graduate students for quarter-long independent study projects in mathematics. Projects culminate in a brief presentation given by the undergraduates in a DRP colloquium.


Program Goals and expectations:

Students will:

Undergraduate participants are expected to:

Graduate mentors are expected to:


Current program information:

The Spring 2020 program has been cancelled. We hope to return to normal operation in Fall 2020. We will have a better understanding of the status of the DRP in August. We will keep you updated via this website, and math majors will receive updates through the undergraduate mathematics mailing list.


Graduate students interested in being mentors can contact the DRP committee directly.

Who is eligible: We accept students with a wide range of educational backgrounds. However, applicants are strongly recommended to have some familiarity with reading and writing mathematical proofs, as might be covered in Math 115 (Linear Algebra), 131 (Analysis), 61 (Discrete Math), or a similar course. Students from underrepresented backgrounds are particularly encouraged to apply.


Contact information:
If you have a question, please check the FAQ first. Otherwise, please direct questions to the DRP organizing committee at drp@math.ucla.edu.

For more information about Directed Reading Programs at other institutions, please visit the DRP network webpage.