Students will spend eight and a half weeks at Ithaca College, in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of Central New York, working with faculty from the Department of Mathematics on a research project in dynamical systems. Three different project areas are described below.
- Evolutionary dynamics of dispersal – Lattice models of ecological dynamics (Mentor: Dr. Ted Galanthay)
- Billiard dynamics on surfaces of revolution (Mentor: Dr. Dan Visscher)
- Pruned fractal trees – Iterated function systems with memory (Mentor: Dr. Dave Brown)
Each student will receive a stipend of $5,100 and an allowance toward on-campus housing and meals. Partial support for moving expenses will be provided. Funds for travel to conferences are available through support from the NSF.
Who Should Apply:
The program is restricted to students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, who are current undergraduate students, and who will be undergraduate students in the fall semester of 2021. Students from underrepresented groups, including women, are strongly encouraged to apply.
The application includes submission of a copy of your unofficial transcript and an essay (200-600 words) in which you answer the questions:
- Why are you interested in the Ithaca College REU?
- What do you hope to gain from this REU?
- What are your post-college plans?
- What are your previous experiences with mathematics projects and/or research?
Applicants should also arrange for two letters of recommendation from professors who know you well and can comment on how you work with peers, how you handle new challenges, your capacity for independent learning, and how you build relationships around mathematics. Letters shoud be sent by the references via email attachment to Ms. Jill Ackerman at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line IC Math REU.
Preference will be given to students who have completed introductory multivariable calculus and linear algebra. Preference will be given to applications received by February 22, 2021, but applications will be reviewed until all positions are filled.
For additional information, please contact Dr. Ted Galanthay via email or call (607) 274-3460.