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
Prerequisites: freshman-juniors are eligible 
Applying: Application, proposal, and two faculty plus one mentor recommendations
For more information, reach out to any professor who you hope to work with.

Synthetic Biology Interdisciplinary Research Team

Funded: by National Science Foundation
For more information, reach out to Prof. Heyer, the program sponsor.

Productive Online Tools (PRONTO) Research

Description: An applied computer science project with Prof. Heyer
Notes: potential for 1-­2 funded positions this summer
For more information, reach out to Prof. Heyer, the program sponsor.

Virtual Reality Research

Description: Prof. Peck is looking for Davidson Research Initiative students to help with this project.
For more information, reach out to Prof. Peck, the program sponsor.

Sports Analytics 

For more information, reach out to Prof. Chartier, the program sponsor.

Research Outside Davidson

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

Description: Research in small groups under faculty at different colleges throughout the country 
Funding: 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
For more information contact Prof. Thompson (who leads a Wake Forest Number Theory REU) or Prof. Mossinghoff (who leads the ICERM REU in Providence, R.I.).

Recommended 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

Institute for Pure and Applied Math (IPAM)

Description: 1,2, or 3-­week "summer school" about different topics
Notes: More information is typically posted in December

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Internships/Jobs

Internships

Pratt & Miller

Description: Statistical modeling work interning
Prerequisites: have completed a statistics courses
For more information, speak with Prof. Chartier.

Tresata

"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
For more information, speak with Prof. Chartier.

Red Ventures

For more information, speak with Prof. Chartier.

ESPN's Sport Science

For more information, speak with Prof. Chartier.

NBA League Office

For more information, speak with Prof. Chartier.

Deloitte/Boston Consulting Group

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

Marketing/Client Services Intern at Luquire George Andrews

 

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
 

Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) 

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

 

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.
For more information, speak 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

 

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