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 2015.
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
The list at the NSF is not always completely updated for the upcoming summer. Please check the programs individually to ensure that they are offering a session in 2014. The deadlines for these programs are usually in February and March.
http://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/list_result.cfm?unitid=5044 (or do a Google Search for NSF REU math program)
The American Mathematical Society also lists these programs at: http://www.ams.org/employment/reu.html
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-ugss/2015
3. Program in Mathematics and Statistics at Miami University of Ohio
This program is mainly for students interested in pursuing graduate education in mathematics or statistics, with strong preference for women and minority candidates. It includes preparation for the Math subject GRE test – this is an excellent choice for appropriate candidates finishing their junior year at Bowdoin! For more information, see: http://www.units.miamioh.edu/sumsri/
4. Research in Industrial Projects/ Sites in UCLA and Hong Kong
Quote from their web site: 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. Graduating seniors are eligible to apply!
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. http://www.ipam.ucla.edu/programs/student-research-programs/research-industrial-projects-students-rips-2015/
5. Summer@ICERM – A special institute at Brown University
Topic: Computational Dynamics and Topology
Dates: June 15 – August 2
There are a few program spots for international students.
6. MSRI-UP – A summer program at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley, CA
Topic: Geometric Combinatorics Motivated by Social Sciences
Dates: June 13-July 26, 2014.
Includes funding for conference travel to present summer research and mentoring activities. Preference given to candidates from underrepresented groups in mathematics.
7. 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!
8. Smith College also has a list of summer opportunities, although they are mostly are listed on this page.
Special Programs for Women Interested in Mathematics
1. George Washington University Summer Program for Women in Mathematics
This is a five-week intensive program for mathematically- talented undergraduate women who are completing their junior year and may be contemplating graduate study in the mathematical sciences. Goals of this program are to communicate an enthusiasm for mathematics, to develop research skills, to cultivate mathematical self-confidence and independence, and to promote success in graduate school. http://www.gwu.edu/~spwm/index.html
2. Carleton College Summer Mathematics Program for Women Undergraduates
Same idea as the previous program; this one has been running for thirteen years with similar goals as above. Open to freshmen and sophomore women. http://www.math.carleton.edu/smp/
3. 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. I would suggest that only juniors and seniors apply this year, given the topics to be covered.
Topic: Aspects of Algebraic Geometry
Dates: May 11-22, 2011
4. 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. It is held this year at Howard University in Washington, DC from June 1-26. http://www.edgeforwomen.org/
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: http://www.nsa.gov/careers/opportunities_4_u/students/undergraduate/index.shtml
NASA InternshipsInside information from a Bowdoin Student who completed a NASA internship, and is about to start another one: 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. https://intern.nasa.gov/ossi/web/public/main/index.cfm?solarAction=view&subAction=content&contentCode=HOME_PAGE_INTERNSHIPS
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 24-August 1, Salary $4500-5000 depending on agency
The deadline for applying to this program is December 31. Please consider applying if you are remotely interested in this area! http://www.jpsm.umd.edu/fellows/
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. Lists of statistics internships can be found at
but you will have to read carefully to find those open to undergraduates.
4. Dordt College in Iowa has a program in BioStatistics: http://www.dordt.edu/academics/programs/math/statgen/
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://www.sph.emory.edu/departments_centers/bios/bios_training/sibs.html
7. Mayo Clinic
Applications accepted December1-January 9
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
9. Institute for Mathematics and its Applications: MAXIMA Interdisciplinary Research Experience for Undergraduates
Location: St. Paul, MN or Minneapolis, MN
Topics: Allows mathematics, statistics, and computer science students to do research relevant to another field, formulate domain-specific questions, learn to communicate across disciplines, and culminates in a written report, an oral presentation, and a research poster.
Stipend: $3,300 plus travel allowance, housing, meals, and national mathematics meeting
10. National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Maryland
Number of Positions: 2
Deadline: Three months before you want to start
Clinical trials methodological research, specifically helping to prepare manuscripts (for publication) focusing on the design and analysis of clinical trials. See Clinical Trial Training Internships.
This is an unpaid internship. To compensate, we try to make the experience as educational and rewarding as possible. There is no clerical work. Rather, the intern engages in high-level research in important areas.
Contact: Vance Berger, email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; (301) 435-5303; (301) 402-0816 (fax)
(Note: Bowdoin has a scholarship for students engaging in unpaid internships. Consider applying for that concurrently.)
11. Summer Research Internship Opportunity — SOARS Program; Boulder, Colorado
Deadline: February 1, 2013
SOARS is a summer research internship for students interested in the atmospheric and related sciences at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. The program provides up to four years of summer research and strong mentoring and community support.Students from disciplines including meteorology, geography, chemistry, physics, engineering, mathematics, ecology, and the social sciences are invited to apply their expertise to understanding the Earth’s atmosphere and to use that understanding to improve life on Earth. Benefits include a competitive wage, housing, and travel to/from Boulder, as well as funding for conferences and undergraduate and graduate education throughout the year. To download application material, go to the SOARS website or email email@example.com
Mathematical Biology Programs
1. Mathematical and Theoretical Biology Institute in Tempe Arizona (ASU)
2. National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis in Knoxville, TN
3. Mathematical Biosciences institute at Ohio State University
Mathematics Teaching Opportunities
1. Working as a counselor in a summer math program
There are lots 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 link 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. http://www.promys.org/home
2. Work as a teaching assistant in the Brown Summer High School Program. It is not yet advertised for this coming summer, but you may contact Daniel Bisaccio, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
3. 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.
4. Gifted and Talented Summer Programs hire college students as teaching and residential assistants. These positions are usually posted in December to January. These include:
(a) The Center for Talented Youth (Johns Hopkins University) www.cty.jhu.edu/jobs/summer/apply
(b) Duke TIP www.tip.duke.edu/node/485
(c) Summer Institute for the Gifted 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