Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Summer 2012

Rutgers Math REU

Application Deadline: January 31

DIMACS, CCICADA and the Rutgers University Mathematics Department invite applications for a NSF/DHS Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. DIMACS was founded as one of 24 Science and Technology Centers funded by the NSF. It is located at Rutgers University, and is a joint project of Rutgers, Princeton, AT&T Laboratories, Bell Laboratories, Telcordia Technologies, the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, and the NEC Research Institute. DIMACS has over 325 permanent members in mathematics, computer science, and operations research, and hosts many distinguished visitors each year.

For details of the Math Department REU see their homepage at

There is one application for all of these programs so an applicant can apply simultaneously for all the programs in which he/she is interested.

The program entails eight weeks of intensive work during the summer; students are strongly encouraged to continue their projects during the following academic year. We expect DIMACS will select twelve undergraduates to participate, CCICADA will select five undergraduates to participate, and the Math Department will select approximately five to ten students (depending on availability of funds) for their program. Participants will have a DIMACS, CCICADA, or Math Department faculty member as a supervisor.

Housing will be provided as well as a stipend of between approximately $3600 and $4,400 depending on choice of housing options and which program funds the project. In addition, the DIMACS and the CCICADA programs will cover travel up to $650 for travel, with additional funds available on a case by case basis. (Note: the travel funds are offered by DIMACS and CCICADA. The Math department may not offer travel support in their program). This program requires eight weeks of intense effort and on-site participation. Students should not commit to other activities (e.g., courses) during the REU program.

DIMACS is also offering an exchange program between DIMACS and our sister site DIMATIA at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. Click here for more information.

Applicants should be undergraduates with a major in Computer Science, Mathematics, or a closely related field. They should be current juniors (graduating in in the Fall or Spring immediately following the program), although sophomores with exceptionally strong backgrounds will be considered. In exceptional circumstance, seniors will be allowed into the program if they will not have graduated by the time the program begins. Preference will be given to students who will continue their research projects during the academic year, under the direction of either their supervisor or a faculty member from their home institution. Due to funding agency rules, only U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents are eligible to receive stipends and support for housing and travel costs under the DIMACS, DIMACS/DIMATIA, and Mathematics programs; however, foreign students enrolled at a U.S. university are eligible under the CCICADA program. Women, minorities, and students with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Please apply online, or have your application, transcript, personal statement, and letters of recommendation emailed to reu at or mailed to the following address. For a plaintext copy of this announcement, list of mentors and projects, and an application, send an email message to or write to:

REU program
DIMACS, CoRE 406, Busch Campus
Rutgers University
96 Frelinghuysen Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854-8018

Phone: 732-445-5928
Fax: 732-445-5932

For more information about the program or the research projects, please contact the REU Coordinator at the email address above.

REU Home Page
DIMACS Contact Information
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