2017 REU Program in Algebra and Discrete Mathematics at Auburn University

The Auburn University REU in Algebra and Discrete Mathematics welcomes applications for the summer of 2017.
Program dates: June 4 - July 29, 2017
Applications completed by March 15, 2017 will receive priority consideration.
2017 Program Flyer

NSF Logo Sponsored by the National Science Foundation under Grant Award No. 1560257

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 $4,000 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 2017.

How to Apply

Have college transcripts and at least two letters of recommendation sent to:

Professor Peter Johnson

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Auburn University, AL 36849-5310

Fax: 334-844-6555

Email: johnspd@auburn.edu

Unofficial transcripts are acceptable, and signed letters of recommendation sent by fax or as an email attachment to Professor Johnson are also acceptable.

Also, please write a letter addressed to Professor Johnson describing your own mathematical background and interests: what you liked in high school or in college, what you didn't like, and/or what you have wondered about. You may include speculation on your career goals, if any. Please include your email address in this letter.

Applications from female and minority students are welcomed and encouraged.

Applications completed by March 15, 2017 will receive priority consideration. We hope to have positions filled by the end of March 2017.

Direct inquiries should be sent via email to Professor 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 suite-style 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 a program director meets you upon arrival to assist with settling in to your residence.


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