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DIMACS Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Primary Institution: Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science (DIMACS)
Affiliation: Rutgers University
City: Piscataway
State: NJ
Job Duration: 8 weeks
Class Requirement: Completed Junior Year
Position Type: Research
Discipline(s): Math, CS, applications
Description: DIMACS, DyDAn, and the Rutgers University Mathematics Department invite applications for a NSF/DHS Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. DIMACS was founded as one of 24 Science and Technology Centers funded by the NSF. It is located at Rutgers University, and is a joint project of Rutgers, Princeton, AT&T Laboratories, Bell Laboratories, Telcordia Technologies, and the NEC Research Institute. DIMACS has over 250 permanent members in mathematics, computer science, and operations research, and hosts many distinguished visitors each year.

The program begins with eight weeks of intensive work during the summer of 2007; students are strongly encouraged to continue their projects during the academic year 2007-2008. We expect DIMACS will select twelve undergraduates to participate, DyDAn will select five undergraduates to participate, and the Math Department will select approximately five to ten students (depending on availability of funds) for their program. Participants will have a DIMACS, DyDAn, or Math Department faculty member as a supervisor. A stipend of approximately $3,300 will be provided (depending on choice of housing options) as well as travel (the DIMACS and the DyDAn programs will cover travel up to $500 with additional funds available on a case by case basis) and housing. (Note: the travel funds are offered by DIMACS and DyDAn. The Math department may not offer travel support in their program). This program requires eight weeks of intense effort and on-site participation. Students should not commit to other activities (e.g., courses) during the REU program.

DIMACS is also offering an exchange program between DIMACS and our sister site DIMATIA at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. Click here for more information.

Applicants should be undergraduates with a major in Computer Science, Mathematics, or a closely related field. They should be current juniors (graduating in 2008), although sophomores with exceptionally strong backgrounds will be considered. In exceptional circumstance, seniors will be allowed into the program if they will not have graduated by the time the program begins. Preference will be given to students who will continue their research projects during the academic year, under the direction of either their supervisor or a faculty member from their home institution. Due to funding agency rules, only U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents are eligible to receive stipends and support for housing and travel costs under the DIMACS, DIMACS/DIMATIA, and Mathematics programs; however, foreign students enrolled at a U.S. university are eligible under the DyDAn program. Women, minorities, and disabled students are encouraged to apply.
Stipend: 3300
Benefits: Housing
Travel Reimbursement
Application Deadline: 01/31/2007
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Research/Internship Opportunity Contact Information

Primary Contact: Chris Agnese
4th floor CoRE Bldg Rutgers University
96 Frelinghuysen Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854f
Phone: 732-445-5928
Fax: 732-445-5932