Program Overview

Quick Facts

  • The UW Bothell Mathematics REU site is funded by the the National Science Foundation.
  • Our site’s official title is REU Site: Tiling Theory, Knot Theory, Optimization, Matrix Analysis, and Image Reconstruction.
  • We plan to offer the site in-person, so participants will be on site in Bothell, WA (suburb of Seattle, WA).
  • We are currently funded to offer the site in summers 2022, 2023, and 2024.
    • Update: With much regret, we must announce that, due to campus construction making campus housing unavailable in summer 2023, the REU site will not be running in summer 2023: We are postponing years 2 and 3 of the REU to summers 2024 and 2025.

 Program Goals

The primary goal of the REU site is to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in mathematical research and graduate training. We know from experience (as students and mentors) that a positive undergraduate experience in mathematical research increases both the likelihood of graduate school attendance and the likelihood of success in research-based degree programs. Four of the faculty mentors are first-generation college students, including a female American Indian and a Latina. Further, all faculty mentors had a rewarding undergraduate research experience that shaped their lives and careers, so they understand the impact of a positive research experience.

This REU program will bring nine students to UWB to work with dedicated faculty mentors for an 8-week summer research experience. The faculty mentors have assembled several excellent research proposals that are accessible to undergraduate students, including problems in the pure mathematics areas of knot theo2015 REU Studentsry, tiling theory, matrix theory, as well as applied mathematics problems in optimization and image reconstruction. Each has been designed to lead to publication in refereed journals. Furthermore, all participating students will be encouraged, prepared, and expected to present their results in posters and talks at national and regional meetings.

The REU site at the University of Washington Bothell (UWB) reflects the desire of faculty to share their enthusiasm for mathematical discovery with a diverse group of talented undergraduate students. These professors, who are themselves members of the underrepresented groups targeted, have all been highly successful in engaging undergraduates in research. Their combined expertise, enthusiasm, and shared background with the students will contribute to an excellent environment for promoting graduate education and careers in mathematical fields.


We believe that a structured, fun environment will maximize the probability of success. The 8-week summer REU will have three faculty mentors with each faculty mentor working with a group of three students. To encourage interactivity, time will be scheduled every day for mentor student and student-student interaction. Students will also attend timely professional development activities addressing objectives of the REU site, such as Introduction to Mathematical Research, DEI in the Mathematical Sciences, Ethics in the Mathematical Sciences, Introduction to LATEX, How to Give a Great Talk, How to Give a Great Poster Presentation, Choosing a Graduate School, All About the GRE; further, two inspirational talks will be presented, one by a successful previous undergraduate research student and another by a distinguished lecturer who is a known expert on undergraduate  Informal STEM Shotsresearch mentoring. Peer networking and bonding will be encouraged during several social activities, including daily tea, outings to some of the numerous Seattle attractions, and weekend outdoor activities like hiking in the Cascade Mountains. Student progress will be tracked to measure how successful the REU site was in achieving its goal.

 Program Benefits

  • Research Experience: Students will be doing original mathematical research!
  • Meeting fellow future researchers: You will be working in groups of three very talented and motivated students, and you will get to know your faculty mentors.
  • Subsistence Allowance: Each student receives a subsistence allowance of $3680 to cover the cost of living for the 8-week program (payed out in installments over the course of the 8-week program).
  • Stipend: Each participant will receive a stipend of $3640 for the 8-week program (payed out in installments over the course of the 8-week program).
  • Travel to Conferences: The program includes funding for students to travel to conferences to present their research from the program.
  • Professional Development: Students will learn to use LaTeX, get help on giving great oral and poster presentations, learn more about graduate education and the GRE, and more!
  • Summer in the Pacific Northwest: The Seattle area is home to many interesting attractions and activities, including many outdoor activities. And the weather is awesome, with comfortable average highs in the mid-70s, average lows in the lower fifties, low dew points and relative humidities, and only occasional rain.

Special Program Recognition

  • Outstanding Posters at the Joint Mathematics Meetings Student Poster Session (top 15% in each subject area)
    • 2016, Unilateral and Equitransitive Tilings by Triangles, Adam Deaton, Rebekah Aduddel, Morgan Ascanio, Mentored by Casey Mann
    • 2017, A Spectral Subgradient Method for Non-Smooth Optimization, David Kotval, Yiting Xu, Mentored by Milagros Loreto, read press release here
  • 2nd Place Poster Presentation at the 2017 SIAM Pacific Northwest Conference, Oregon State University (2017 Nonlinear Optimization Group)

Priority Application Deadline for Summer 2024: TBA

We will post this information in Autumn 2024.

 Summer 2022 Research Projects

Summer 2024 Research Projects

  • TBA