Potsdam Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Mathematics
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Contact Information

Dr. Joel Foisy, Department of Mathematics, SUNY Potsdam, 44 Pierrepont Avenue, Potsdam, New York, U.S.A. 13676 Email: foisyjs "at" potsdam.edu Phone: (315) 267-2084 Fax: (315) 267-2806

Basic Information

Applications are sought from undergraduates interested in spending their summer participating in mathematics research projects.

This REU program is supported by grant DMS-1262737 from the National Science Foundation.

Students will work in groups of 3-4 with a faculty advisor from SUNY Potsdam or Clarkson University. The program will tentatively run for eight weeks from June 6 - July 29, 2016. Participants will receive a stipend of at least $4,400.00 plus free housing in an on-campus apartment. Up to $375 is available for travel expenses to/from Potsdam.

Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

Student must be full-time undergraduate students as of September 2016. Applicants should have completed the calculus sequence, linear algebra and at least one more upper-level undergraduate course.

The program will be conducted on the campus of SUNY College at Potsdam, with the resources of nearby Clarkson University also available. SUNY Potsdam is widely known for its undergraduate mathematics program, and Clarkson University has a strong commitment for scientific research.

To ensure full consideration, complete applications must be received by February 15, 2016.

Interested applicants should submit the following items (either hardcopies or by email addressed to Dr. Joel Foisy at the address above):

  1. An application form.
    Please submit either Hardcopy or Online.
    (Note: If you are submitting an online application form and if your email address has more than one dot, please email Dr. Joel Foisy for instructions on how to submit online)
  2. A letter of intent (1-2 pages, typed, double-spaced).
  3. A list of Mathematics courses taken (1-2 pages, typed, including text title and author, as well as a brief list of topics discussed in the class).
  4. An academic transcript (unofficial is acceptable).
  5. Two reference letters (Note: these should be sent directly by the faculty references).
    Please see the Faculty Reference Information.
Please ensure that your name is included in the letter of intent, list of courses, and transcript.

We strongly encourage applications from minorities, women, people with disabilities, and students from schools with limited research opportunities.


Topics to be explored (along with suggested background courses) are listed below. We have also included some representative problems for each group. These problems are completely optional but we encourage applicants to submit their solutions (in PDF format) as a separate email to our REU gmail address.

  • Integer Partition Theory (Advisor: Brandt Kronholm)
    Suggested background: Strong Mathematical Maturity.
    Optional: submit a solution to the following question if interested in this area: problem.
  • Algebraic Graph Theory (Advisor: Christino Tamon)
    Suggested background: Abstract Algebra, Linear Algebra, Real Analysis.
    Optional: submit a solution to the following question if interested in this area: problem.

REU in Mathematics sites

National Science Foundation
American Mathematical Society