Summer Research Program

Research Program Information

Please note: Only continuing mathematics majors and graduate students from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo are eligible for this research program. Students who graduate in June are not eligible. Students from other universities are not eligible for Cal Poly's program, but may be eligible for a National Science Foundation REU.

The Cal Poly Mathematics Department summer research program allows students and faculty members to work together on interesting mathematics research problems. Students should expect to work at least 25 hours per week for eight weeks. The work weeks will depend on faculty and student schedules. The projects may also require work during the following academic year in order to prepare for conferences or publication. Each student participant will receive compensation beased on available funding for their work. Funding for the projects is subject to approval by the College-Based Fee committee. Due to uncertainty about the fee proposal and budget problems, there is a chance this program will have less funding than in previous summers.

To be selected for a summer research project, students should have excellent grades (A's and B's in mathematics courses, including upper division work) and interest in learning difficult mathematics that goes beyond the scope of undergraduate coursework. You will work closely on a mathematics research project with a faculty advisor for approximately eight weeks. Each faculty project leader will work with two to three students.

The projects are chosen by faculty members because they are current open research questions that are also accessible to undergraduate and beginning graduate students.

To apply for the 2014 research program, contact the advisors below directly. The deadline is Monday, April 28, 2014, but Dr. Camp may start selecting students earlier (he is also advertising for students separately) so contact him directly as soon as possible if you are interested.

It is not likely there will be other advisors participating, but you can contact Dr. Linda Patton at to be notified if projects are added.

2014 Summer Research Program

Dr. Danielle Champney will be the advisor for a mathematics education project.
Dr. Dave Camp will be the advisor for a climate modeling project. Contact him at for more information.

Deadline for the Summer 2014 Research Program is Monday, April 28, 2014.