Summer Opportunities in Mathematics & Statistics
There are a variety of math and stats-related summer opportunities for students. This page has information on three summer opportunity areas:
- research experiences (REUs)
- teaching opportunities
There is more information below on each of these areas. You can read comments from previous math and stats majors about their summer experiences on our Student Comments page.
Deadlines for submitting applications to many of these programs are in January and February, with a few even earlier, so do not delay! Feel free to come and talk to any faculty member about these and other programs. Some Amherst College faculty may also seek summer research students, so keep an eye out for announcements and ask your professors about on-campus opportunities. See our list of publications with students for examples of past research projects.
Research Experiences (REUs)
REU stands for Research Experiences for Undergraduates. These programs typically involve a small group of participants, studying and living together at the host institution for part or all of the summer. You will usually have a combination of lectures (at the beginning to introduce you to new topics) and working on particular projects, usually in groups of a few students. At the end you will probably write a joint summary of your work and give a presentation to the rest of the participants. If you make a lot of progress on the project, it might be possible to submit your final paper for publication. Most REUs will cover the living expenses of participants including a stipend (though sometimes this only applies to US citizens and permanent residents).
Here are some points to remember:
- Each program has its own application process and deadline so read the instructions carefully.
- An application will typically require letters of recommendations for some of your Amherst professors. Please make sure to ask for these at least two weeks before the deadline.
- Most programs are also aimed at students at specific points in college, or that have taken a particular set of classes.
- Many programs require US citizenship or permanent residency, but some do not. Again, read the requirements carefully.
- If lack of funding is an issue (e.g., because you are an international student), see the CCE summer experiences page. You might be able to obtain funding for certain research programs and internships through that mechanism. Be sure to check with the program itself to find out whether they would consider application if you have your own source of finding.
- There are lots of different programs focusing on different topics and for different types of students. If you have trouble finding one suitable, then keep looking!
Lower down on this page is a list of REUs that we have heard about at Amherst, but this is by no means comprehensive. Here are some useful links for finding the program that is right for you:
- Mathematical Association of America's resources for Math REUs and "Is an REU for You?"
- A database of REUs funded by the National Science Foundation: click on "Search for an REU Site" and then "Mathematical Sciences" (which covers pure math, applied math, and statistics)
- The American Mathematical Society's web site for a variety of opportunities for undergrads
- The Mathematical Association of America's listing of summer and study abroad math programs
- The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics' web site for student opportunities (click on Fellowship & Research Opportunities)
- A list of REUs affiliated with the National Alliance for Doctoral Studies in Mathematics — an organization aimed at increasing the number of students from underrepresented groups in graduate programs
- Another listing of math REUs with summaries of the programs
List of REU Programs for Summer 2018
The following list highlights just a few of the available programs. You will find many more examples by following the links above.
- Amherst College SURF is open to all 1st and 2nd year Amherst College students (application portal usually opens up in early January, with applications typically due in early February)
- Greg S. Call Student Research Program supports various types of research projects for Amherst College students (any class year), including summer support to start thesis work
Programs in New England
- University of Connecticut NSF-Sponsored Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates
Data and Models in the Biosciences
- Williams College SMALL (multiple topics)
- ICERM at Brown University (topology and geometry)
- Summer program in Biostatistics and Computational Biology at the Harvard School of Public Health
- WPI Data Science REU in Worcester, MA
Programs Not Requiring US citizenship or Permanent Residency
- Park City Math Institute Summer School
- Arizona State University Summer Program (mathematical biology)
- Williams College SMALL (multiple topics)
- UCLA Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (research problems inspired by industry)
- Mathematical Bioscience Institute at Ohio State (biosciences)
- Several locations available, supported by the ASA
Programs Supportive to First-Generation College Students or Members of Underrepresented Groups
Other Programs (Among Many, Just to Give an Idea of Possibilities)
- MSRI Summer Research Program (combinatorics)
- University of Nebraska Summer Program (multiple topics)
- Willamette University REU (graph theory)
- Summer Institutes for Training in Biostatistics (various locations/deadlines, including Boston)
- TECBio REU at U of Pittsburgh (computational biology)
Companies from Amazon to Xerox offer summer internships to students with interest or experience in math or stats. Here are some useful links:
- The American Mathematical Society's list of math-related internships
- American Statistical Association's list of internships in statistics
- Database of science and math-related internships
Summer Teaching Opportunities
There are various programs that hire college students to be teachers and mentors to high-school students taking summer math programs. This information has been consolidated with other information related to teaching on our Teaching Opportunities page.
For more information and other opportunities, see the (physical) bulletin board on the wall of Seeley Mudd between Rooms 202 and 203. Also see our info session handout, which has further links.
See also the following general resources for undergraduates: