Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) through the University of Minnesota

UROP, URS, and other undergraduate research projects are funded by the University of Minnesota, and involve pursuing mathematics research under the guidance of one or more faculty member mentors. Possible projects range across the field of mathematics. See also information on the CSE Student Research web page. Find out more information about undergraduate research presentation opportunities at the University of Minnesota.

The deadline to apply for Fall 2021 UROP Projects is June 28, 2021. 

School of Mathematics Undergraduate Research

This list of Mathematics faculty and Mathematics postdocs who mentor undergraduate research assists students in finding a mentor for the CLA Capstone/Senior Project, Latin Honors Thesis, UROP, URS, and REU opportunities. The list includes respective area(s) of Mathematics research. Research areas covered by faculty mentors span the full range of mathematics — from number theory to algebra to combinatorics to geometry to differential equations to image processing to mathematical biology to climate modeling and everything in between. 

Interested students are encouraged to contact one or more faculty and postdoctoral mentors, and so find a good fit for their interests and expertise. Some of the projects require formal applications, so pay attention to deadlines and requirements. See also this CSE webpage which notes steps for doing research, including suggestions for finding and approaching a faculty member.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

Several faculty members in the School of Mathematics will sponsor REU programs for students majoring in mathematics. REU programs offer financial support to participating students, either over the summer or during the school year. REU projects are funded by existing grants, typically from the National Science Foundation.. Here is the current NSF REU list.

Summer Research Experiences at UMNTC in Mathematics for Undergraduates (REU)

US Summer Research

CLA Capstone/Senior Projects

CLA math majors must complete a Capstone Project. The Capstone can involve original research or learning and writing about an existing area of mathematics. Both writing intensive and non-writing intensive versions are available, depending upon a student's requirements for degree completion. Please reference the list of possible Math faculty mentors.

Honors Thesis

Mathematics honors students seeking to graduate with Latin Honors are required to write an honors thesis with a faculty mentor and submit it to the honors office. The subject of the thesis, including any original research, is worked out between the student and the sponsoring faculty. Opportunity is given for students to present their Mathematics Honors Thesis each spring.

Minnesota Journal of Undergraduate Mathematics

The Minnesota Journal of Undergraduate Mathematics publishes mathematical research by undergraduate researchers from all colleges and universities in all areas of mathematics and its applications.

Undergraduate Math Majors: Small Travel Grants to Mathematics Conferences and Research Programs

The School of Mathematics invites undergraduate math majors to apply for small grants to support travel to mathematics conferences and research programs. A small number of awards will be made on a rolling basis - at least three per year of at most $750 per student.

To apply, students must email with a letter of justification, describing how the conference/program fits with their study plans and career goals. Students must also ask one member of the mathematics faculty to provide a letter (by email) in support of the application.

  • Preference will be given to students who will present a paper or poster at the conference/program.

  • Students must demonstrate that they investigated funding opportunities provided by the conference/program organizers.

  • Students may receive at most one travel award.

Undergraduate Math Club

The Undergraduate Math Club does not sponsor undergraduate research. However, it is a great way to meet other undergraduate math majors, find out about their research experiences, and hear talks by leading mathematicians, both from the department and internationally renowned visitors. It is an excellent way to find out more about research opportunities in mathematics.