NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates Summer 2020


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


“It’s fine to work on any problem, so long as it generates interesting mathematics along the way even if you don’t solve it at the end of the day.”

   —Andrew Wiles





Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, UTC’s 2020 Mathematics REU Summer Program has been postponed to Summer 2021.



Program Dates: June 8–August 2, 2020

This REU Site is supported by the National Science Foundation, and this support is gratefully acknowledged. Our 2020 Mathematics REU Summer Program provides an intensive eight-week 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 mathematicians and scientists who are actively pursuing theoretical, computational, and methodological research at the frontiers of mathematical analysis and its applications.

In Summer 2019, eleven talented and energetic undergraduates worked on interesting projects in pure and applied mathematics. To learn more, please click on the link

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Research Areas

We offer training for undergraduates in a distinctive combination of research areas:

  • Multiplicative number theory
  • Probability and mathematical statistics
  • Dynamical systems and numerical analysis
  • Differential and difference equations
  • Functional analysis and operator theory

It is the common thread of mathematical analysis that connects all these research areas. Possible topics include the zeta function, prime numbers, exponential sums, sequences, Gaussian analytic functions, random polynomials, resolvent identities, spectral shift functions, mathematical modeling using ordinary and partial differential equations, biological applications, and optimal control simulation.

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  • 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, statistics, 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, 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.

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  • 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 5, 2020.

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Application Deadline

  • All application materials must be submitted by March 2, 2020.
  • Late materials will not be accepted.
  • Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

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Application Requirements

  • Completed Application: Please visit MathPrograms.Org to apply.
  • Curriculum Vitae: Please indicate clearly U.S. citizenship or permanent residency. Also, please indicate when you intend to graduate.
  • 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.

             Apply Now

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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, Executive Director Office of Planning, Evaluation, & Institutional Research. Ms. Heather Shirley Heinlein will provide additional administrative support.

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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.

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

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