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Summer Opportunities

Davidson Programs

  • Davidson Research Initiative (DRI)
    • Description: 5-10 weeks of research with a professor on topic of interest 
    • Funding: $480/week, plus housing and supply/travel funds
    • Deadline: January 22
    • Prerequisites: freshman-juniors are eligible 
    • Applying: Application, proposal, and two faculty plus one mentor recommendations
    • More information? Speak to any professor who you hope to work with, or to Jiarui Chu and Courtney Cochrane to hear more about their DRI experiences
  • Prof. Heyer - Synthetic Biology Interdisciplinary Research Team
    • Funded: by National Science Foundation
    • More information? Speak with Morgan Spencer or Erica Shook about their experiences, and speak with Prof. Heyer
  • Prof. Heyer - Productive Online Tools (PRONTO) Research
    • Description: An applied computer science project with Prof. Heyer
    • Notes: potential for 1-­2 funded positions this summer
    • More information? Speak with Katy Williams or Prof. Heyer
  • Prof. Peck - Virtual Reality Research
    • More information? Speak with Megan Feichtel
    • Prof. Peck is looking for Davidson Research Initiative students 
  • Prof. Chartier - Sports Analytics 
    • "One day a week [last summer I] did research with Dr. Chartier at Davidson. The whole summer consisted of sports analytics research, primarily for the Davidson basketball team." - Grant McClure '17
    • More information? Speak with Dr. Chartier or Grant McClure
  • Davidson Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative 
    • Support for finding jobs, and potential funding 
    • More information? Talk with Morgan Spencer

Research Outside Davidson

  • Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
    • Description: Research in small groups under faculty at different colleges throughout the country 
    • Funding: by National Science Foundation (NSF) usually. Typically stipend is $3,000-­$6,000, sometimes housing paid for or reimbursement for travel/living expenses 
    • Deadline: ~February-­March 
    • Prerequisites: some programs require American citizenship to apply (see link at bottom for list of some programs that non-­US citizens can apply to) women/minorities are particularly encouraged to apply
    • Applying: statement of purpose, 2-­3 academic recommendation letters, transcript, online application, sometimes CV
    • More  information? Speak with Courtney Cochrane about her REU at Brown, Prof. Thompson leads a Wake Forest Number Theory REU, Prof. Mossinghoff lead the ICERM REU last year (in Providence, R.I.)
    • Lists of  REUs:
    • "I would highly recommend doing an REU if you are even considering graduate school or a research career. They are great and fun opportunities to meet new people and learn about math research, and they happen all across the country and focus on a wide range of topics. Admissions can be as competitive as graduate school programs so apply to at least 10 (there is no application fee)." - Courtney Cochrane '16
  • National Security Agency (NSA) - Directors Summer Program
    • Description: exceptional undergraduate students put their problem-solving skills to the test in mathematics, cryptology, and communications technology
    • Funding: funded
    • Deadline: August 1-­October 31 (very early deadline due to clearance issues)
    • Prerequisites: U.S. citizen, able to gain security clearance, majoring in math/computer science/physics or strong math background
    • Applying: transcript, two faculty recommendations, resume
    • More information?
  • Institute for Pure and Applied Math (IPAM)
    • Description: 1,2, or 3-­week "summer school" about different topics
    • More information: posted in December typically
  • Research Intern at the Milken Institute (Washington D.C.)
    • More information? Talk with Ashley Finke
  • Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF)
    • Description: 10-week research under research mentors at Caltech and JPL
    • Funding: $6,000
    • Deadline: February 22
    • Prerequisites: rising sophomores - rising seniors may apply, GPA of at least 2.5, only U.S. citizens/permanent residents are eligible for the SURFS at JPL, but can apply to Caltech campus
    • Applying: need to contact a mentor and define a research project, submit application, three letters of rec, transcript and proposal
    • More information?
  • WAVE (Caltech)
    • Description: Aims to foster diversity in science and engineering Ph.D. programs, research, academic/professional development, social and cultural events, "underrepresented minorities, women, first-­generation college students, geographically underrepresented students, educationally and financially disadvantaged students, and students with disabilities" particularly encouraged to apply
    • Funding: $600/week and $500 housing allowance
    • Deadline: January 7
    • Prerequisites: rising sophomores - rising seniors may apply, GPA of at least 3.2, prior research experience, have interest in Ph.D., U.S. citizen/permanent resident
    • Applying: submit application, three letters of recommendation, transcript
    • Program description and additional Caltech opportunities

Teaching Experiences

  • Ross Mathematics Program
    • Description: six week program at Ohio State University where you grade for courses, take two courses and are a counselor
    • Funding: Room and board plus stipend of $3,000
    • Deadline: January
    • Prerequisites: prefer juniors/seniors, need strong social skills, know basic abstract algebra and number theory, must pass background check/be able to work in U.S.
    • Applying: Send an an email to ross@math.osu.edu for an application
    • More information?
  • Program in Mathematics for Young Scientists (PROMYS)
    • Description: six week program at Boston University where you grade for classes, are a counselor, supervise research projects, take advanced seminars and work with professors
    • Funding: Room and board plus stipend around $3,000
    • Deadline: ~February-­March
    • Prerequisites: need to have permission to work in US if you're international student
    • Applying: transcript, two faculty recommendations, CV
    • More information?
  • Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics
    • Description: six week program at Hampshire College where you have many different duties
    • Funding: not sure
    • Deadline: end of January
    • Prerequisites: prefer rising juniors or seniors and some experience with number theory, graph theory and/or combinatorics
    • Applying: mathematical background, 1-2 recommendation letters, suitability working with teens
    • More information?
  • Summer Institute for Mathematics at the University of Washington
    • Description: six week program at University of Washington, work with high school students in classroom, join them in social activities, work on mathematics
    • Funding: at least $3,500, room and board
    • Deadline: February 1 priority deadline
    • Prerequisites: rising juniors or older (graduate students eligible too) and some experience working with high school students
    • Applying: application, one recommendation letter, personal statement, math background
    • More information?
  • Breakthrough
    • Description: teaching low-income students
    • Funding: No, but stipend for living expenses and possible financial aid
    • Deadline: January 12 early action, February 23 regular
    • Prerequisites: eligible through summer after senior year, non-U.S. citizens must have authorization to be an intern in U.S.
    • Applying: application, transcript, three essays, video, and interview
    • More information? Talk with Olivia Marsh about her experience with Breakthrough
  • ID Tech Camps
    • "Over the summer of 2014, I was an instructor at iD Tech Camps. I taught kids how to program in Scratch (the fundamentals) and Java (the actual coding). I also taught kids how to do game design in Minecraft and also how to write code to program their own mods (modifications to the game's supplied software). I also taught some level design in a few games. iD Tech is alright but you have to be really good with kids, and the rules are pretty strict" - Xan Stoddard '17.
    • More information? Speak with Xan Stoddard
    • https://www.idtech.com/jobs/summer-jobs/

Internships/Jobs

Internships

  • Pratt & Miller
    • Statistical modeling work interning
    • Prerequisites: have completed a statistics courses
    • More information? Speak with Prof. Chartier
  • Tresata (big data company in Charlotte) - speak with Prof. Chartier
    • "Four days a week last summer I interned at a Big Data company in Charlotte called Tresata. The summer was heavy on computer science, but Tresata is a really cool company that I highly recommend people apply to, as they have a really good internship program that is unrelated to sports." - Grant McClure '17
    • More information? Speak with Dr. Chartier and Grant McClure
  • Red Ventures - consulting company - speak with Prof. ChartierESPN's Sport Science unpaid internship - speak with Prof. Chartier
  • NBA league office internships - speak with Prof. Chartier
  • Deloitte/Boston Consulting Group
    • "Over summer 2015 I worked for the Boston consulting group and summer 2014 for Deloitte, both in management consulting. Both internships were in Greece and I enjoyed the experiences." - Thanos Petkakis '16
  • National Lab internships - speak with Prof. Heyer
  • Department of Homeland Security - see previous Math newsletter
  • Public Health program at Harvard - see previous Math newsletter
  • SAP (data analytics) - speak with Prof. Chartier
  • Software Engineer Intern at IBM
    • "During the summer, I had the chance to learn new technologies such as Node.js and MongoDB, and work on a team to deliver a product. I would recommend this opportunity to students who are interested in Software Engineering and web development and who want to see what working in the industry can be like." - Micah Brown '16
  • Actuarial Analyst Internship with Aon Hewitt
    • "I enjoyed learning about insurance and health & benefits industry. I would recommend it to others who are interested in pursuing an actuarial or consulting career path. It would be helpful if a candidate has passed one or two actuarial exams. The first actuarial exam, Probability, aligns closely with Davidson Math Probability course MAT 340." - Kai Jia '16

Jobs

  • Marketing/Client Services Intern at Luquire George Andrews (Charlotte, N.C.)
    • More information? Talk with Ashley Finke
  • Code for Raleigh
    • More information? Speak with Morgan Spencer

Programs Specifically for Women

  • Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education (EDGE)
    • Description: four week program at Purdue University to strengthen the ability of women students to successfully complete PhD programs in the mathematical sciences and place more women in visible leadership roles in the mathematics community
    • Funding: $3,000 stipend plus travel, room and board
    • Deadline: March 1
    • Prerequisites: summer before graduate school or first year graduate students
    • Applying: transcript, application, resume, two recommendation letters
    • More information?
  • Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) - Princeton, N.J.
    • Description: 11-day mentoring program: lectures, seminars, and panel discussion on a wide range of topics of interest to women mathematicians
    • Funding: support for lodging, meals and transportation
    • Deadline: February 19
    • Prerequisites: all levels (undergrad-postdoc)
    • Applying: transcript, CV, one letter of recommendation
    • More information?

Programs for Underrepresented Groups

Computer Science Opportunities

  • Distributed Research Experiences for Undergraduates (DREU)
    • Description: 10-week program that matches promising undergraduate women and underrepresented groups with a faculty mentor for a summer research experience at the faculty mentor's home institution
    • Funding: $700/week and travel funding
    • Deadline: February 15
    • Prerequisites: most of the funds restricted to U.S. citizens/permanent residents, priority given to students who have completed 2-3  years of CS
    • Applying: transcript, letters of recommendation, etc.
    • More information? Talk with Prof. Ramanujan

Mathematics Opportunities

  • Mathematical Sciences Research Institute Undergraduate Program (MSRI-UP)
    • Description: six-week REU particularly aimed at Black, Hispanic/Latino and Native American citizens at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) in Berkeley, CA + additional workshops to "maximize students likelihood of admissions to graduate programs/fellowships"
    • Funding: $3,100 stipend, lodging, meals and round-trip travel
    • Deadline: February 15
    • Prerequisites: U.S. citizens/permanent residents only, completed two years of college mathematics courses and haven't graduated by the time the program runs, need to know introductory proof material/have taken linear algebra
    • Applying: transcript, statement of interest, list of math courses and grades, list of previous math research (if any), reference letters
    • More information? Talk with Prof. Keough

Advice - Asking for Recommendations

  • When to ask?
    • Ask well in advice of the deadline (~one month), and in person if possible
  • Who to ask?
    • Ask professors who know your work and know you well enough to write about you
    • It's best to specifically ask, "Would you feel comfortable writing me a strong letter of recommendation for (insert program)?" If for some reason the professor does not feel as though they can strongly recommend you, its better to ask someone else then get a mediocre letter from them.
    • For mathematics/computer science programs, stick to mathematics/computer science faculty unless otherwise specified
    • Note: All other things being equal (your performance in their classes, your relationship, etc.) tenure track professors pull more "weight" as letter writers than assistant professors do. Likewise with assistant professors and postdocs.
  • I have my letter writers, now what?
    • Supply them with a transcript, any writing samples requested by the program, the recommendation letter prompt
    • If you would like them to mention certain achievements of yours, supply them with a resume or list of accomplishments
    • Send frequent, but courteous, reminders! Professors are busy, and welcome the reminder about upcoming deadlines

Additional Opportunities

Additional opportunities (PDF) are available on the Amherst College website.

Thank you to Courtney Cochrane '16 for compiling this list, with help from several professors.