The chosen projects are from accessible areas of mathematics to allow students to quickly get involved in their research projects. The projects will allow students to begin with a hands-on experimental approach, using examples to familiarize themselves with the research question. Additionally, starting at the beginning of the 8-week experience, presentation skills will be developed by providing LATEX training, requiring daily research journals typeset using LATEX, and requiring shortdaily presentations of the day’s findings.
At the end of 8 weeks, each student group will create and present both a research talk and a poster (for presentation at the MAA student poster session at the Joint Mathematics Meetings). Further, the student groups will begin writing a research article, with the expectation of follow-up by the student group and the student mentor in the subsequent academic term.
The timetable for the REU is as follows:
• Week 1: Students read background material, are presented with problems, and begin daily LATEX journals.
• Week 2: Students focus on particular problems, formulate conjectures, and continue to read.
• Week 3: Students experiment with examples to build techniques.
• Week 4: Students work on proving conjectures.
• Week 5: Students work on proving conjectures.
• Week 6: Students work on proving conjectures.
• Week 7: Students begin creating slides and poster as well as begin writing up results.
• Week 8: Students complete creation of slides and poster and give presentations.