2021 REU Program in Algebra and Discrete Mathematics at Auburn University

The Auburn University REU in Algebra and Discrete Mathematics welcomes applications for 2021.

Program dates: June 6 - July 31, 2021

Application deadline for guaranteed full consideration: February 26, 2021

The Program

After two weeks of intensive introduction to a selection of open problems and problem areas, participants will break into groups working on problems in different areas (although anyone may work on anything, and it may well happen that a participant will belong to two or more of the specializing groups). Participants will be asked to make short presentations in daily seminars and problem sessions of background literature and of progress made, or of obstacles encountered. Participants are asked and will be encouraged to maintain contact with the project directors for program evaluation, for further research, and concerning publication of publishable results.

Some Discrete Mathematics problems will require the use of Computer Algebra. For work in Computer Algebra, participants will be trained in MAGMA. It is preferable, but not required, that participants have some background in Abstract Algebra.

Sample Problems and Problem Areas


Participants will receive a stipend of $4,500 and will live on campus with housing paid. Travel and food are left to the responsibility of the participants.


NSF funding is restricted to US citizens and permanent residents. Other self-funded students are welcome to apply. Also, you must be an undergraduate student, meaning that you are pursuing a bachelor's or associate degree that will not be awarded before August 2021.

How to Apply

Applications consist of an online application form including submission of college transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable) and an essay describing your mathematical background and interests; and two letters of recommendation to be submitted by faculty members or other individuals knowledgeable of your research potential.

Online student application form: https://aub.ie/2021mathreu

Online faculty recommendation letter submissions: https://aub.ie/2021mathreuletters

Applications from female and minority students are welcomed and encouraged.

Applications completed by February 26, 2021 will receive full consideration.

Direct inquiries should be sent via email to Professor Pete Johnson at johnspd@auburn.edu or to Professor Overtoun Jenda at jendaov@auburn.edu.

Housing and Transportation

Non-Auburn residents will receive free on-campus housing in dormitories together with other REU participants. Auburn residents (or students who have secured summer housing in Auburn) will receive a housing allowance in addition to their stipend.

We recommend that long distance participants arrive via Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. There is a bus shuttle service, Groome Transportation, that will bring you from the airport to Auburn University. Arrangements will be made so that someone (usually a program director) will meet you upon arrival to assist with settling in to your residence.

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