2017 Math REU @ Iowa State University

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2017 Information

2017 Application Information

Applications will be accepted through MathPrograms.Org at the following site:


On the MathPrograms.org site you will fill in some boxes (including information about your letter writers, who will upload their letters directly). You will also upload some longer pieces. Here we describe those pieces. Before beginning, please verify your eligibility.


An undergraduate student who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, will be an undergraduate in Fall 2017, and will be at least 18 years old by June 3, 2017 is eligible to apply to the ISU Math REU. To apply you must meet all the following 3 criteria:

  1. U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or U.S. permanent resident
  2. Undergraduate enrolled in bachelor's or associate's degree program in Fall 2017
  3. 18 years old by June 3, 2017


You will apply on the MathPrograms.Org site at the following website:


Before applying, please read the directions here. This web page is the only source of complete application instructions.

  • You will need to prepare the following 4 separate application documents in PDF format before applying:
    1. ISU Math REU 2017 Project Statement: This is a one to two page statement addressing one or more of the 2017 projects of the ISU Math REU. Describe your interest in the project(s) and your relevant background (such as the required or preferred coursework). Each project you address should be given a separate clear heading.
    2. Personal Statement: This is a one page statement explaining:
      • Your relevant background and experience, including any of the following not already addressed in (A): prior research experience and/or mathematics project(s) you have done (if any, not required), other mathematically or computationally relevant job(s) you have held such as tutoring, etc., what experience you have with computer operating systems (e.g., Mac OS X, Windows) and software (e.g., Mathematica, Matlab, programming languages) what interested you in your advanced mathematical course work (beyond basic calculus).
      • What are your professional goals? The Personal Statement should not use numbering/headings and need not use the listed order. It should be written in standard English, not as a list.
    3. List of math courses and grades: The first line of this document should be:
      • Math GPA = [your math GPA]
      • NOTE: Use the following scale to compute math GPA, regardless of the scale used by your school:
        • A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, F=0.
        If you school reports plus/minus, modify the whole grade numbers by +0.3 for plus and -0.3 for minus, so A- = 3.7 and B+ = 3.3, etc...
      After that list all the college mathematics courses you have taken with their grades, one course and grade on each line, in reverse chronological order (most recent first). If there are any that are not at your current institution, indicate this (e.g., by asterisk) and identify the college/university for these course(s) at the bottom of the list For courses currently enrolled, leave the grade blank.
    4. Brief statement describing mathematics research opportunities at your college or university: this should a paragraph (less than half a page) and is about your college or university, not about you. It is intended to help us gather data that NSF requires.
  • You will need a transcript from your current college that shows your Fall 2016 grades (unofficial is fine, but if you are selected and accept you will need to provide an official transcript).

  • You will need to arrange for 2 or 3 letters of recommendation before applying. You will be asked for the names and e-mail addresses of your references on the cover sheet when you apply. Two letters of recommendation is standard, but three will be accepted (and asking for three provides you with a greater likelihood we will actually get two, the minimum number needed for us to consider your application). At least one letter we receive must be from a college or university mathematics professor who has taught you in a formal course. Prior research experience is not required; however, if you have prior relevant research experience, such as another REU, one of the letters must be from your previous research mentor or program director. All letters should be from mathematicians, statisticians, computer scientists, biologists, chemists, physicists or other scientists or engineers who can comment on your potential for mathematical research and/or relevant research experience. We do not want a letter from your English professor, nor do we want one from your neighbor, nonscientific employer, or high school teacher. Letters of recommendation will be uploaded to MathPrograms.Org by the writers.

  • Submitting the application. When you submit your application, in addition to uploading the 4 documents described in (A) above, you will prepare a standard cover sheet that lists references described in (C), if you haven't already done this on the MathPrograms.Org site.

Other questions: On the ISU application you will be asked questions to

  • Verify your eligibility; and
  • Check boxes for each of the projects that you are interested in - this should match those you describe in your ISU Math REU Project statement.

It is very important you answer these questions correctly.