The Center for Undergraduate Research in Mathematics (CURM)

helps undergraduate students throughout the United States to be excited about the mathematical sciences, to complete their undergraduate degree and learn essential research skills, and to prepare them for success in graduate school and their careers. CURM has had tremendous success in doing this by promoting academic year undergraduate research in the mathematical sciences. Since its inception, CURM has provided financial support to 392 undergraduate students (50% female, 29% minority, 4% with disability, and 27% 1st generation college students) mentored by 110 professors (49% female, 20% minority) from over 84 universities and colleges nationwide (21% HSI/HBCU). During that time,CURM students have written 168 joint research papers, 47 of which have been published. In addition, the students have given over 360 single/joint conference presentations or poster presentations, and have received 36 awards for their presentations or research. Finally, data shows that at institutions participating in the CURM program, 63% of the CURM students go on to graduate school while only about 18% of the total math majors at these schools do so.
CURM (located at Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah) promotes undergraduate research in mathematics by:

  • Training professors as mentors for undergraduate students doing research;
  • Providing funds to professors to establish undergraduate student research groups;
  • Advising professors on how to continue operating under- graduate research groups at their institutions; and,
  • Preparing undergraduate students to succeed in graduate studies and careers in the mathematical sciences.

To help achieve these objectives, CURM awards mini-grants each year to professors at various institutions across the United States to assist them financially, instructionally, and organizationally in operating successful undergraduate research groups at their own institutions during the academic year.

Note: The current NSF grant funding CURM is ending and we are looking for further funding. Because of the uncertainty of the funding, CURM will not be accepting applications for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Commitment to Diversity

This program supports underrepresented groups in the mathematical sciences, as well as first-generation and low socio-economic status college students. We are committed to ensuring participant diversity of ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status, geographical location, and institution type.

Award for Making a Difference

The American Mathematical Society (AMS) awarded CURM its “Mathematics Programs that Make a Difference” Award in 2015 for CURM’s “profound and widespread effect and significant efforts to encourage students from underrepresented groups to continue in the study of mathematics.” Allen Greenleaf of the University of Rochester, chair of the Committee on the Profession, said, “The Center for Undergraduate Research in Mathematics at Brigham Young University has been making a difference since it started in 2007.” The AMS commends CURM and its administrators for their high level of commitment and successful efforts to improve diversity in the profession of mathematics in the United States.




Michael Dorff Heidi Berger Joyati Debnath
Brigham Young University Simpson College Winona State University
Kathryn Leonard Tyler J. Jarvis
California State University– Channel Islands Brigham Young University

CURM is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) grant #DMS-0636648 / #DMS-1148695, by Brigham Young University (BYU), and by sponsors.


For information on becoming a CURM sponsor, please contact Diane Coffman, CURM Project Manager, at curm@mathematics.byu.edu or (801) 422-9084.