San Diego State University Mathematics Research Experience for Undergraduates

This eight-week summer program, supported by the National Science Foundation, aims to give its participants a clear understanding of the world of mathematics, primarily through firsthand experience. The dates of the 2023 program (subject to final NSF approval) will be June 11-August 5. Participants are grouped into research teams and led by the project directors. Teams engage in original research, of significant interest and potential impact. Participants receive a stipend ($4000 for undergraduates), housing, and additional funds toward food.

Expected participant outcomes include mastery of the problem area, appreciation of mathematical scholarship, improvement of technical speaking/writing skills, presentation of results at scholarly conferences, and publication of results in scholarly journals.

Some participant comments on an anonymous survey: "a life changing experience", "San Diego is a beautiful city", "the most influential event of my adult life", "a large positive on my career", "prepared me for my future life", "I knew I picked the right REU after the first week", "fun, educational, and professional", "accomplished meaningful and substantial research", "the greatest impact of any professional development activity that I've had[...] including earning my M.A.", "San Diego is great!", "My best summer so far."

An external reviewer, evaluating this program, wrote: "Students interested in summer research should have the SDSU REU near the top of their wish list."

For more participant testimonials, see the survey results from 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, (no program was run in 2020 or 2021), 2022.

If you have any questions about the program not answered by this website, please contact the program director .

This material is based on work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grants 0647384, 1061366, 1556480, and 1851542. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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