Many students are interested in spending part of their summer learning new mathematics or exploring some career paths related to mathematics. After all, what could be better than getting paid for doing something you enjoy!
Here are some links to help you research some of these opportunities. This is not a comprehensive list. Please contact the department if you know of other programs that might be of interest to Bowdoin students.
These links are up to date for Summer 2016.
Summer Research Programs in Pure and Applied Mathematics
These are mainly 8-10 week programs which admit 10-12 students for an intensive experience working on mathematics research closely with a professor. You should apply to 10+ such programs because they are very small and very popular! You do not have to understand the words in the titles of the programs in order to attend! They will teach you what you need to know to participate. This is a great opportunity to learn something you will not see in any class at Bowdoin! The stipend for the summer is between $3000 and $4000, and all your travel expenses and living costs are covered.
1. National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduate Programs
Located throughout the US, REUs are eight-to-ten week programs which admit 10-12 students for an intensive experience working on mathematics research closely with a professor. The stipend for the summer is between $3000 and $4000, and all travel and living expenses are covered.
The programs are highly competitive, targeting mainly students for the summer after their junior year who are exploring the possibility of attending graduate school. Required background usually consists of at least a course in linear algebra and mathematical proof. When researching individual programs, don’t be discouraged by intimidating project titles. The programs are designed for students just like you, and you will be taught the background necessary to participate. This is a great opportunity to learn something not ordinarily seen in any class at Bowdoin!
The application deadlines vary, but cluster around February and March. For more information, visit:
2. Park City Mathematics Institute
This is a 3 week residential program in Park City, Utah, which focuses on one topic per year. There are classes and problem sessions on this topic at a variety of levels, from undergraduate through research level mathematics. There are concurrent programs for teachers at all levels. The program offers a smaller stipend, and its short length allows students to do some mathematics and spend some of the summer at home or elsewhere. https://pcmi.ias.edu/program-index/2016
3. Research in Industrial Projects/ Sites in UCLA and Hong Kong
“The Research in Industrial Projects (RIPS) Program provides an opportunity for high-achieving undergraduate students to work in teams on a real-world research project proposed by a sponsor from industry or a national lab.
“Projects are selected to have a major mathematical component and to be something that will pose an interesting challenge to talented undergraduates. Recent projects have included how to do a physics-based animation of a lava lamp, how to stitch together two images, how to analyze cancer data using microarrays, statistical data assimilation methods for weather data, modeling particle transport phenomena in reactors, and designing missions to the moons of Jupiter. This is just a sampling of the types of projects assigned to RIPS teams. New industrial sponsors join the RIPS Program each year and the same projects are never repeated.” Graduating seniors are eligible to apply!
4. Summer@ICERM – A special institute at Brown University
ICERM is designed for a select group of 14-16 undergraduate scholars. Students work in groups of two to four, supervised by faculty advisors and aided by teaching assistants. The faculty advisors present a number of research topics that are centered on modeling, dynamical systems, and stochastic systems. Examples include stripe formation in zebra fish, the structure of roll patterns that arise in buckling and vegetation patterns, and the dynamics of planar spiral waves. Tackling these problems will require a combination of analytical and computational approaches. Students form research groups to work on these problems, give talks about their findings, and write up their research into a paper at the end of the program.
5. MSRI-UP – A summer program at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley, CA
The MSRI Undergraduate Program (MSRI–UP) is a comprehensive summer program designed for undergraduate students who have completed two years of university-level mathematics courses and would like to conduct research in the mathematical sciences. The main objective of the MSRI-UP is to identify talented students, especially those from underrepresented groups, who are interested in mathematics and make available to them meaningful research opportunities, the necessary skills and knowledge to participate in successful collaborations, and a community of academic peers and mentors who can advise, encourage and support them through a successful graduate program.
6. SIAM and AMS
The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics and the American Mathematical Society also maintain long lists of summer research and other opportunities on their student webpages. Check them out!
Special Programs for Women Interested in Mathematics
1. Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton University)
The program brings together research mathematicians with undergraduate and graduate students for an intensive 11-day workshop on the campus of the Institute for Advanced Study which is designed to address issues of gender imbalance in mathematics. Founded in 1994, the program includes lectures and seminars on a focused mathematical topic, mentoring, discussions on peer relations, an introduction to career opportunities and a women in sciences seminar.
Dates: May 9-20, 2016
Deadline to apply: February 20, 2016
2. The Edge Program
This program is intended to enhance the diversity of women in mathematics graduate programs. It is intended for women planning to apply to graduate school in mathematics and provides a solid introduction to topics you will see during your first year in graduate school.
The 2016 EDGE summer session will be held June 6 – July 2, 2016 at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.
National Security Agency Programs
The NSA offers several programs for rising seniors (and exceptional younger students). Students applying to these programs should be able to program in some computer language, and taken either abstract algebra or number theory. These programs will accept small numbers of exceptionally strong students. Applications are always due around November 15 for the following summer, so this is something you might consider for next summer.
The full list of programs offered for undergraduates at the NSA can be found through the following link: https://www.nsa.gov/careers/opportunities_4_u/students/undergraduate/index.shtml
NASA Internships are educational hands-on opportunities that provide unique NASA-related research and operational experiences for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students as well as educators. These internships integrate participants with career professionals emphasizing mentor-directed, degree-related, real-time world task completion. During the internship participants engage in scientific or engineering research, development, and operations activities. In addition, there are non-technical internship opportunities to engage in professional activities which support NASA business and administrative processes. Through these internships, participants leverage NASA’s unique mission activities and mentorship to enhance and increase their professional capabilities and clarify their long-term career goals.
DEVELOP and LARSS are popular programs. The location that accepts the most applicants is Langley in Virginia, and some of the more coveted locations are Goddard, Ames, and JPL in D.C. and California. Coding experience is helpful, but not required, for instance experience with one of GIS, Matlab or Python.
1. Joint Program in Survey Methodology, Junior Fellow Program
These are paid summer internships sponsored by the Federal Statistical Agencies in Washington, DC. This is a great opportunity to learn about how statistics is used within our government and to experience Washington, DC. A minimum GPA of 3.5 is required, although no statistics is required!
Dates: May 31, 2016 – August 5, 2016,
Salary: $4500-5000 depending on agency
2. The US Census Bureau summer internship program seeks students interested in statistics. For more information, see: http://www.census.gov/hrd/www/jobs/stu_temp.html
3. More complete databases of statistics internships can be found at:
4. Dordt College in Iowa selects 5-6 top undergraduate students join the nationally recognized research team for eight weeks to investigate current research problems in statistical genetics. This year the program will run from June 6 – July 29, 2016, and will take place on the campus of Dordt College, in Sioux Center, Iowa. A $4,000 stipend will be provided along with free on-campus housing. Deadline to apply is January 30, 2016.
5. The Department of Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics at Notre Dame runs a summer program. Information can be found at: http://acms.nd.edu/undergraduate-programs/summer-research-fellowships/
6. Summer Institute for Training in Biostatistics at Emory University: http://sph.emory.edu/departments/bios/sibs/index.html
7. Mayo Clinic
Location: Rochester, MN
Eligibility: Completed junior year
Topics: Work with statisticians, bioinformaticists, and clinical investigators on research projects
8. Travelers Insurance Internships
Location: Hartford, CT; St. Paul, MN; Chicago, IL
Eligibility: U.S. citizens and permanent residents who have related research experience, GPA of 3.2 or greater, knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, extra-curricular involvement on campus, and scheduled, taken, and/or passed one CAS/SOA exam
Mathematical Biology Programs
1. Mathematical and Theoretical Biology Institute in Tempe Arizona (ASU)
This intensive eight-week summer research experience for undergraduates in Tempe, Arizona prepares promising young scientists interested in working at the interface of mathematics, statistics and the natural and social sciences for the rigors of graduate studies. MTBI is a research experience for undergraduates (REU); it is not an internship, nor will students earn college credit for participation
2. National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis in Knoxville, TN
Looking for a fun and challenging summer research experience? The Summer Research Experiences (SRE) at NIMBioS for Undergraduates and Teachers provides undergrads in math, biology and related fields, as well as high school teachers in mathematics and biology, the opportunity to conduct research in teams with UT professors, NIMBioS researchers, and collaborators on projects at the interface of math and biology. During this eight-week summer program, undergraduates live on the UT-Knoxville campus and work in collaborative teams on a variety of biological research projects using mathematical methods. The topics change each year and cover a range of life science areas including disease and health, evolution, ecology, molecular biology and more.
3. Mathematical Biosciences institute at Ohio State University
The goal of this MBI NSF-funded program is to introduce students to exciting new areas of mathematical biology, to involve them in collaborative research with their peers and faculty mentors, and to increase their interest in mathematical biology. The program consists of three parts – each including a mix of educational and social experiences:
– One-week introduction (June 6-10, 2016): A one-week introduction to the summer research experience with tutorials, lab tours, and computer labs on mathematical biosciences topics.
– REU Program (June 13 – August 5, 2016): An 8 week individualized research experience as part of a research team at one of the participating host institutions preceded by a one-week introduction at the MBI.
– Capstone Conference (August 8-12, 2016): A student centered conference featuring talks and posters by students doing research in mathematical biology, keynotes by prominent mathematical biologists, a graduate studies recruitment fair, and other special features including a conference dinner and social event.
Mathematics Teaching Opportunities
1. Working as a counselor in a summer math program
There are a number of of summer math programs for high school and junior high school students who accept undergraduates as counselors or teaching assistants. You can find a comprehensive list at http://www.ams.org/employment/mathcamps.html and follow up to see whether there is an application for a counselor position. This can be a fun way to do a little teaching of mathematics and encourage younger students who are interested in math.
One particular such program is PROMYS, based in Boston which does use undergraduates from a variety of schools to help teach number theory to high school students. You should not apply to this program unless you have had some number theory. Prof. King works with this program – please see him if you are interested in applying.
2. Teaching and Residential Assistants at Summer Academic Programs are available at many of the large New England boarding schools. Openings for these positions are posted on eBear – many have deadlines in December to early January. Schools include Loomis Chaffee, Exeter Academy, and Northfield Mount Hermon.
3. Gifted and Talented Summer Programs hire college students as teaching and residential assistants. These positions are usually posted in December to January.
The Center for Talented Youth (Johns Hopkins University): http://www.cty.jhu.edu/jobs/summer/apply
Duke TIP: http://www.tip.duke.edu/node/485
Summer Institute for the Gifted:http://www.giftedstudy.org/employment.
Actuarial, Accounting and Financial Analyst Internships
Summer Research Opportunities at Bowdoin
Students can sometimes do summer research with a professor at Bowdoin College. If you are interested in this you should contact your professors early in the spring semester, and check out the Bowdoin Student Research Awards page. The deadlines for application for summer research awards tend to be in late February and early March.
Other Sources of Information on Mathematics Careers and Opportunities
1. The American Mathematical Society
2. Career Cornerstone Center
A site with resources for students exploring paths in mathematics, engineering, computer science, technology, health care and science. www.career.cornerstone.org