Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Summer 2021

Rutgers Math REU
Rutgers IC-CAE Research Fellows

DIMACS, the Rutgers University Mathematics Department, the DATA-INSPIRE TRIPODS Institute and the Rutgers IC-CAE Research Fellows program invite applications for a NSF 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, Applied Communication Sciences, NEC Laboratories America, and Nokia Bell Labs. 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 nine 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 ten 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 approximately $5400, depending on choice of housing options and which program funds the project. In addition, the DIMACS program will cover up to $600 for travel, with additional funds available on a case by case basis. (Note: the travel funds are offered by DIMACS. The Math department may not offer travel support in their program). This program requires nine 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 STEM field. They should be current juniors (graduating in the Fall or Spring immediately following the program), although sophomores with exceptionally strong backgrounds will be considered. In exceptional circumstances, seniors will be allowed into the program if they will not have graduated by the time the program begins. We do not usually admit any freshmen. Freshmen who have completed advanced course work in CS or Math may apply, but they are very rarely accepted. Due to funding agency rules, only U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents are eligible to apply. Women, minorities, and students with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

You need to apply online, completing the application questions and submitting your transcript, CV, and personal statement in the space provided on the online application form. Once the application is completed, an email will automatically be sent to your references with instructions on where to submit the letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation should not be emailed. For questions about the application or the DIMACS REU program, please send an email message to

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