The Center for Undergraduate Research in Mathematics (CURM) helps excite undergraduate students about the mathematical sciences, complete their undergraduate degree, and prepare them to succeed in graduate school. CURM has had tremendous success in doing this by promoting academic year undergraduate research in the mathematical sciences. For the past four years, CURM has offered financial support to 64 professors (41% female, 19% minority) from 54 different universities and colleges to work with 195 undergraduate students (54% female, 29% minority). During the first three years, the 147 undergraduate students have written 60 joint research papers. In addition, students have given 123 single or joint conference presentations, 35 poster presentations, and have received 29 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 at Brigham Young University (BYU) promotes undergraduate research in mathematics throughout the United States 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 organize and continue to operate undergraduate research groups; and,
- preparing undergraduate students to succeed in graduate studies 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. We have a special emphasis on targeting women and participants from undergraduate institutions (i.e., institutions that do not offer Ph.D.'s in mathematics). CURM is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) grant #DMS-0636648 / #DMS-1148695 and by Brigham Young University.
|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|