Math REU at Ithaca College - Summer 2021

The Department of Mathematics will host a summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in dynamical systems in 2021. We have support for nine students through an NSF REU Site grant. This program is supported by Ithaca College and the National Science Foundation.

Program Dates: June 2-July 30, 2021

Program Details

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.

Project Descriptions


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.

Application Directions:

Apply at https://ithacaedu.formstack.com/forms/reu_application

The application includes submission of a copy of your unofficial transcript and an essay (200-600 words) in which you answer the questions:

  1. Why are you interested in the Ithaca College REU?
  2. What do you hope to gain from this REU?
  3. What are your post-college plans? 
  4. 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 jackerman@ithaca.edu with the subject line IC Math REU.

Selection Details:

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.