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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.
The theme of the 2020 MSRI-UP is “Branched Covers of Curves" and the research leader is Dr. Edray Goins, Professor of Mathematics at Pomona College. The research program will focus on Galois Theory of curves, i.e. the realization of certain finite groups as the symmetries of maps from one curve to another. Students will work on a variety of problems ranging from the explicit construction of covers for a given group to visualizing such covers as exotic surfaces which are self-intersections of the sphere and the torus. The research groups will focus on Belyi maps, Dessin d’Enfants, Origami, and Shabat polynomials; while working in a variety of areas such as Galois theory, monodromy groups, number theory, and Riemann surfaces.
Students must have completed at least one proof-based mathematics course before the summer. Students who have taken an abstract algebra course will find it useful, though this is not required to be admitted to the program.
During the summer, each of the 18 student participants will:
- participate in the mathematics research program under the direction of Prof. Edray Goins of Pomona College, a post-doc and two graduate students
- complete a research project done in collaboration with other MSRI-UP students
- give a presentation and write a technical report on his/her research project
- attend a series of colloquium talks given by leading researches in their fields
- attend workshops aimed at developing skills and techniques needed for research careers in the mathematical sciences and
- learn techniques that will maximize a student's likelihood of admissions to graduate programs as well as the likelihood of winning fellowships
- receive a $3100 stipend, lodging, meals and round trip travel to Berkeley, CA.
After the summer, each student will:
- have an opportunity to attend a national mathematics or science conference where students will present their research
- be part of a network of mentors that will provide continuous advice in the long term as the student makes progress in his/her studies
- be contacted regarding future research opportunities
Applications for MSRI-UP 2020 will open in November, 2019. Due to funding restrictions, only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply, and the program cannot accept foreign students regardless of funding. In addition, students who have already graduated or will have graduated with a bachelor's degree by August 31, 2020 are not eligible to apply. Applications submitted by February 15, 2020 will receive full consideration. (Applications submitted after February 15, 2020 but by March 1, 2020 may still be considered in a second round of acceptances.) We expect to begin making offers for participation in late February or early March.
A complete application consists of the five items:
Upload a copy of your transcripts showing courses and grades from all post-secondary institutions that you have attended. Initially, unofficial copies (as long as they are legible) of transcripts are acceptable, though we may request official transcripts upon acceptance to the program. Transcripts should contain Fall 2020 grades.
2. Statement of Interest.
Write a personal statement (300 - 500 words) addressing your interest in mathematics, science, and/or other disciplines, and why you would like to participate in the 2020 MSRI-UP. You may write in any style, but try to address the origins of your interest in mathematics and science, experiences (school-related and other) that have particularly stimulated you, obstacles you have faced along the way, and future educational and career plans and aspirations. If you are currently attending a two-year institution, provide the name of the four-year institution to which you plan to transfer and the date when you plan to transfer in your statement.
3. List of Mathematics/Science Courses Taken with Grades.
Please list all mathematics and science courses taken, starting with the most recent. State the Course Number, Course Title, Term Taken, Grade Received, and Institution where you took the course.
Example: MATH 201, Calculus 1, Spring 2015, B+, Carolina Community College
4. Description of Previous Summer / Research Experiences.
Please list and give a brief description of all mathematics or science research or summer programs (high school or college), if any, in which you have participated. (Students who have not participated in any programs previously are encouraged to apply.)
5. Faculty Reference Letter of Recommendation.
Please designate two Faculty References; these should be someone from whom you have taken a class or with whom you have done independent mathematical or scientific work. The people you identify as the Faculty Reference on the website will be notified to fill out an on-line form . Although the person will be notified automatically by email, it is the student's responsibility to make sure the letter is uploaded on time.
For additional information, please contact the on-site director for the 2020 MSRI-UP.
The directors of MSRI-UP are:
- Dr. Federico Ardila - email@example.com
- Dr. Mercedes Franco - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dr. Rebecca Garcia - email@example.com
- Dr. Duane Cooper - firstname.lastname@example.org - 2020 on-site director
- Dr. Suzanne Weekes - email@example.com
Funding provided by:No Primary AMS MSC Secondary Mathematics Subject Classification No Secondary AMS MSC