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@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 and by a forthcoming grant from the National Security Agency.

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 May 28 - July 22, 2014. Participants will receive a stipend of at least $4,300.00 plus free housing in an on-campus apartment. Up to $350 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 2014. 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 21, 2014.

Interested applicants should submit a letter of intent (1-2 pages, typed, double-spaced) and a transcript (unofficial is acceptable) along with their application and two reference letters. Please ensure that your name is included in the letter of intent 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) include:

  • Stochastic Differential Equations (Advisor: Kelly Black)
    Suggested background: Differential Equations, Probability Theory.
  • Algebra (Advisor: Harold Ellingsen, Jr.)
    Suggested background: Abstract Algebra, Linear Algebra, Graph Theory.
  • Topological Graph Theory (Advisor: Joel Foisy)
    Suggested background: Strong Mathematical Maturity.
  • Algebraic Graph Theory (Advisor: Christino Tamon)
    Suggested background: Linear Algebra, Abstract Algebra, Matrix Analysis (Quantum Physics is helpful but not necessary).

How To Apply

Application Form or Online Application Form
Faculty Reference Form

For more information contact Joel Foisy at the address listed above.