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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 226 undergraduate students (54% female, 29% minority, and 2% with disability) mentored by 78 professors (41% female, 19% minority) from 71 different universities and colleges nationwide. During that time, 203 undergraduate students have written 87 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 (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. Special emphasis is given to women and minorities in mathematics and participants from undergraduate institutions (i.e., institutions that do not offer Ph.D.'s in mathematics).

Director

 

Co-Directors

 
       
 
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 [at] math [dot] byu [dot] edu or (801) 422-9084.