Program Overview

Quick Facts

  • The UW Bothell Mathematics REU is funded by the the National Science Foundation.
  • We will not be hosting students during Summer 2019. If you are an undergraduate during Summer 2020, please check back with us. In the meantime, we hope you find other undergraduate research opportunities elsewhere!

 Program Goals

The primary goal of the REU site is to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in mathematical research and graduate training. We know from experience (as students and mentors) that a positive undergraduate experience in mathematical research increases both the likelihood of graduate school attendance and the likelihood of success in research-based degree programs. Three of the faculty mentors are first-generation college students, including a female American Indian and a Latina. Further, all faculty mentors had a rewarding undergraduate research experience that shaped their lives and careers, so they understand the impact of a positive research experience.

This REU program will bring nine students to UWB to work with dedicated faculty mentors for an 8-week summer research experience. The faculty mentors have assembled several excellent research proposals that are accessible to undergraduate students, including problems in the pure mathematics areas of knot theo2015 REU Studentsry and tiling theory as well as applied mathematics problems in optimization and ultrasound image analysis. Each has been designed to lead to publication in refereed journals. Furthermore, all participating students will be encouraged, prepared, and expected to present their results in posters and talks at national and regional meetings.

The REU site at the University of Washington Bothell (UWB) reflects the desire of faculty to share their enthusiasm for mathematical discovery with a diverse group of talented undergraduate students. These professors, who are themselves members of the underrepresented groups targeted, have all been highly successful in engaging undergraduates in research. Their combined expertise, enthusiasm, and shared background with the students will contribute to an excellent environment for promoting graduate education and careers in mathematical fields.


We believe that a structured, fun environment will maximize the probability of success. The 8-week summer REU will have three faculty mentors with each faculty mentor working with a group of three students. To encourage interactivity, time will be scheduled every day for mentor student and student-student interaction. Students will also attend timely faculty-led presentations addressing objectives of the REU site, such as Introduction to Mathematical Research, Introduction to LATEX, How to Give a Great Talk, How to Give a Great Poster Presentation, Choosing a Graduate School, All About the GRE; further, two inspirational talks will be presented, one by a successful previous undergraduate research student and another by a distinguished lecturer who is a known expert on undergraduate  Informal STEM Shotsresearch mentoring. Peer networking and bonding will be encouraged during several social activities, including daily tea, outings to some of the numerous Seattle attractions, and weekend outdoor activities like hiking in the Cascade Mountains. Student progress will be tracked to measure how successful the REU site was in achieving its goal.

 Program Benefits

  • Research Experience: Students will be doing original mathematical research!
  • Meeting fellow future researchers: You will be working in groups of three very talented and motivated students, and you will get to know your faculty mentors.
  • Stipend: Each student receives a stipend of $4000 for the 8-week program.
  • Housing: Each student’s housing costs are paid by the program.
  • Travel to Conferences: The program includes funding for students to travel to conferences to present their research from the program.
  • Professional Development: Students will learn to use LaTeX, get help on giving great oral and poster presentations, and learn more about graduate education and the GRE.
  • Summer in the Pacific Northwest: The Seattle area is home to many interesting attractions and activities, including many outdoor activities. And the weather is awesome, with comfortable average highs in the mid-70s, average lows in the lower fifties, low dew points and relative humidities, and only occasional rain.
  • University Amenities: Student participants will have full access to university facilities, including library and gym.

Special Program Recognition

Application Deadline: None for Summer 2018

 Summer Research Projects