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IMA Special Workshop
Research Experience for Undergraduates
June 18 - July 27, 2012

Andrew BeveridgeMacalester College
Fadil SantosaUniversity of Minnesota, Twin Cities
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MAXIMA is an intensive six week REU program in interdisciplinary mathematics, funded by a 3-year NSF REU grant and by the IMA.

Students will work in teams of four on an open research problem in applied mathematics. Each team will be advised by a Macalester Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science (MSCS) faculty member. In Summer 2012, problems will be posed by University of Minnesota (UMN) researchers from computer science and electrical engineering. Students will also be mentored by a postdoctoral fellow at the IMA.

The program is designed to allow students to experience the excitement of doing research that is relevant to another field. Students will learn how to formulate domain-specific questions in mathematical ways and assimilate the ability to communicate across disciplines. The program will develop mathematical skills and expository argumentation. By the end of the summer, each team will produce a written report, an oral presentation, and a research poster.


  • Students must be current sophomores and juniors who will be full-time undergraduate students as of September 2012, majoring in mathematics or a related field at a U.S. college or university.
  • Students must have taken multivariable calculus, linear algebra, and at least one upper-level undergraduate courses (and preferably more). Exposure to one of computer science or statistics is also preferred. See the problem descriptions for further background requirements.
  • Students must be fully committed to the REU. Students may not engage in any other course work or employment for the duration of the program.
  • Nine spots are funded by the NSF: these are open to US citizens and permanent residents. Three spots are funded by the IMA: these spots are open to US citizens and permanent residents, and to international students studying at US institutions.

Women and underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

Students receive a stipend of about ,300 and a travel allowance to/from the REU site. UMN campus housing and meals are provided at no additional cost. Support will also be provided to attend a national mathematics meeting to present the student research.

Questions about the program should be sent to reu@ima.umn.edu

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