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Department of Mathematics

Study Away

Studying or engaging in research overseas or on another campus in the United States is a great way to enhance your education. We offer several opportunities for students to do that and hope you'll consider your options during your time at USC.

Academic Year Enhanced Mathematics Programs


Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs) are the principal summer research opportunities for undergraduates. The programs are hosted at universities and colleges around the country and most are supported by the National Science Foundation. In order to participate, you'll apply to the host institution in the fall or early spring before the summer of the REU.

REUs typically run 6 - 8 weeks in the months of June, July or August. Each one consists of 6 - 10 undergraduates from a variety of institutions in the United States and abroad. A group of 1 - 4 faculty members from the REU host institution, sometimes assisted by graduate students, direct the REU students on research projects. You'll get background on the projects in the first week or two by attending lectures.

Do some groundwork before you apply to an REU. Most REUs have web pages with application instructions and a list of proposed research topics. Find out which other students and faculty (if any) have attended REUs in the past. Their input can be valuable. Faculty may also have connections to the organizers of certain REUs.

Learn More About REU's from the American Mathematical Society
REU Information from the National Science Foundation
Mathematics REU sites from the National Science Foundation

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