MSRIUP
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 Amy Adair (Louisiana State University)
 Malachi Alexander (University of California, Santa Cruz)
 Federico Ardila (San Francisco State University)
 Davina Boykin (Valparaiso University)
 Erika Camacho (Arizona State University)
 Anastasia Chavez (University of California, Davis)
 Jeshu Dastidar (San Francisco State University)
 Ashley De Luna (California State Polytechnic University)
 Alexander DiazLopez (Villanova University)
 Sabrina Enriquez (University of Southern California)
 Maria Franco (Queensborough Community College (CUNY); MSRI  Mathematical Sciences Research Institute)
 Trajan Hammonds (Carnegie Mellon University)
 Harold Jimenez Polo (University of California, Berkeley)
 Jeremy Johnson (Humboldt State University)
 Esteban Madrigal (Harvard University)
 Christian McRoberts (Iowa State University)
 Alex Mendez (University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign)
 Carlos Osco Huaricapcha (San Francisco State University)
 Angela Patini (University of Pennsylvania)
 Viviana Peña Márquez (Konrad Lorenz Fundación Universitaria)
 Ryan Pugh (California State UniversityMonterey Bay)
 J. Maurice Rojas (Texas A & M University)
 Diane Tchuindjo (University of Maryland)
 Noemi Valdez (Harvard University)
 Michael Young (Iowa State University)
The MSRI Undergraduate Program (MSRIUP) is a comprehensive summer program designed for undergraduate students who have completed two years of universitylevel mathematics courses and would like to conduct research in the mathematical sciences. The main objective of the MSRIUP 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.
In 2017, MSRIUP will focus on Solving Systems of Polynomial Equations, a topic at the heart of almost every computational problem in the physical and life sciences. We will pay special attention to complexity issues, highlighting connections with tropical geometry, number theory, and the P vs. NP problem. The research program will be led by Prof. J. Maurice Rojas of Texas A&M University.
Students who have had a linear algebra course and a course in which they have had to write proofs are eligible to apply. Due to funding restrictions, only U.S. citizens and permanent residents may apply regardless of funding. Members of underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.
MSRIUP 2017: Solving Systems of Polynomial Equations
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General Description
During the summer, each of the 18 student participants will:
 participate in the mathematics research program under the direction of Prof. J. Maurice Rojas of Texas A&M University, a postdoc and two graduate students
 complete a research project done in collaboration with other MSRIUP 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
Application Materials
Applications for MSRIUP 2017 should be submitted via MathPrograms, which lists the required application materials. 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, 2017 are not eligible to apply. Applications submitted by February 15, 2017 will receive full consideration. (Applications submitted after February 15, 2017 but by March 1, 2017 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 five items, all of which should be submitted through the MathPrograms website. These items are:
1. Transcripts.
Upload a copy of your transcripts showing courses and grades from all postsecondary 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 2016 grades.
2. Statement of Interest.
Write a personal statement (300  800 words) addressing your interest in mathematics, science, and/or other disciplines, and why you would like to participate in the 2017 MSRIUP. You may write in any style, but try to address the origins of your interest in mathematics and science, experiences (schoolrelated 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 twoyear institution, provide the name of the fouryear 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 one Faculty Reference; this should be someone from whom you have taken a class or with whom you have done independent mathematical or scientific work. The person you identify as the Faculty Reference on the MathPrograms website will be notified to fill out an online form and upload a letter of recommendation. Although the person will be notified automatically by email, it is the student's responsibility to make sure the letter is uploaded on time. You may include a second letter if you think it will strengthen your application significantly.
For additional information, please contact the onsite director for the 2017 MSRIUP.
The directors of MSRIUP are:
 Dr. Federico Ardila  federico@sfsu.edu  2017 onsite director
 Dr. Mercedes Franco  mfranco@qcc.cuny.edu
 Dr. Herbert Medina  hmedina@lmu.edu
 Dr. Duane Cooper  dcooper@morehouse.edu
 Dr. Suzanne Weekes  sweekes@wpi.edu
Previous Years:
 2020 MSRIUP: Branched Covers of Curves
 2019 MSRIUP: Combinatorics and Discrete Mathematics
 2018 MSRIUP: The Mathematics of Data Science
 2017 MSRIUP: Solving Systems of Polynomial Equations
 2016 MSRIUP: Sandpile Groups
 2015 MSRIUP: Geometric Combinatorics Motivated by the Social Sciences
 2014 MSRIUP: Arithmetic Aspects of Elementary Functions
 2013 MSRIUP: Algebraic Combinatorics
 2012 MSRIUP: Enumerative Combinatorics
 2011 MSRIUP: Mathematical Finance
 2010 MSRIUP: Elliptic curves and Applications
 2009 MSRIUP: Coding Theory
 2008 MSRIUP: Experimental Mathematics
 2007 MSRIUP: Computational Science and Mathematics
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