NSF-Sponsored Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates


REU Site: Research Training for Undergraduates in Mathematical Analysis with Applications in Allied Fields




Program Dates: June 10August 4, 2019

This UTC REU program provides an intensive eight-week summer research experience that prepares undergraduates for the rigors of graduate level research in mathematics. Advanced undergraduates are invited to Chattanooga to participate in collaborative research projects with experienced faculty mentors. Our Special Summer Colloquium Series, augmented by other group activities, presents opportunities for REU participants to interact with world-class mathematicians and scientists who are actively pursuing theoretical, computational, and methodological research at the frontiers of mathematical analysis and its applications.


Research Areas

  • Multiplicative number theory
  • Random polynomials
  • Uniform distribution modulo one
  • Resolvent identities and spectral shift functions
  • Dynamical systems and biological applications
  • Optimal control simulation



  • Blake Allan, Baylor University
  • Margaret Brown, University of Maryland at College Park
  • Emily Eckels, Emory University
  • Steven Jin, University of Maryland at College Park
  • Justin Kim, Vanderbilt University
  • Gregory Michajlyszyn, University of Rochester
  • Donald Rung, Sewanee: The University of the South
  • Nafisa Tabassum, York College of City University of New York
  • Brian Tobin, Harvard University
  • Carolyn Valenti, Bucknell University



  • Undergraduate status with minimum grade point average of 3.0
  • Rising senior—outstanding rising juniors or sophomores who meet the other selection criteria will be considered
  • Majoring in mathematics, statistitics, or related fields
  • Have completed linear algebra, differential equations, and at least two upper level courses such as abstract algebra, matrix theory, analysis, complex variables, elementary number theory, probability theory, and numerical analysis

Women, minorities from underrepresented groups, first-generation college students, and students from predominantly undergraduate institutions with limited research programs are especially encouraged to apply. 



  • U.S. citizens and permanent resident students will receive airfare and transportation (up to $400) to Chattanooga, room and board, and a $4,000 stipend.
  • Accepted students will be notified of awards by March 25, 2019.


Application Deadline

  • All application materials must be submitted by March 15, 2019.
  • Late materials will not be accepted.
  • Incomplete applications will not be accepted.


Application Requirements

  • Completed Application: Please visit MathPrograms.Org to apply.
  • Curriculum Vitae: Please indicate clearly U.S. citizenship or permanent residency.
  • Personal Statement: In approximately 500 words, please answer the following questions: 
    • Why are you applying to this UTC REU program?
    • What are your research interests?
    • What are your future career goals?
    • What have you achieved toward these goals?
  • College or University Transcript: A copy of your college or university transcript is required. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted.
  • Faculty Letter of Recommendation: Two faculty letters of recommendation are required. Each letter should be written on university letterhead and submitted to MathPrograms.Org by the reference writers.

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Faculty Mentors

Evaluation of this UTC REU program will be performed annually throughout the duration of the program by Sherry Marlow Ormsby, Interim Executive Director, Office of Panning, Evaluation, and Institutional Research.


More Information

UTC is a national model for regional metropolitan universities and has a history of excellence in undergraduate education and research. The campus is at the heart of Downtown Chattanooga and within walking distance of such attractions as

Chattanooga is a gorgeous and thriving city located on the Southeastern corner of Tennessee. Nestled between the majestic mountainscapes of Missionary Ridge, Lookout Mountain, and Signal Mountain, the city is situated perfectly between Atlanta, Knoxville, Nashville, and Birmingham. It has the fastest Internet speed in the nation, with its community-wide fiber optic network that can turbocharge Internet speed up to 1,000 megabits per second. Chattanooga is an ideal location that offers many avenues for the development of collegial relationships and interactions between REU participants.



Please write to Andrew-Ledoan@utc.edu with any questions.