Mathematics & Statistics Department

Summer Opportunities in Math & Stats

Many of you are wondering what kind of opportunities are available for math and stats students over the summer. This document hopes to summarize this.

Research at Reed

Several faculty members are considering working with students this summer. Please contact them directly if you are interested and would like more information. 

  • Kyle Ormsby and Angélica Osorno (topological symmetry detection - more information below)
  • David Perkinson (Coxeter systems and/or the positive Grassmannian)
  • Anna Ritz (computational biology & graph algorithms - see this paper or this paper. Also looking for students interested in developing software - see this github)
  • Luda Korobenko ([functional] analysis and PDEs)
  • Lenny Wainstein (statistics)
  • Mohammad Shirazi (complex analysis and Riemann surfaces)

Topological Symmetry Detection

Kyle Ormsby & Angélica Osorno seek two or three Reed students to conduct research on image processing and symmetry detection via topological data analysis (especially persistent homology). Students will use the Ripser package in Python to write code with the aim of identifying (approximate) symmetry in synthetic and natural images. Prior experience with Python coding and linear algebra at the level of Math 201 are required; abstract algebra (Math 332) and topology (Math 342) could be beneficial.

The program runs for eight weeks from June 5 to July 28, with participants in-person on campus. Participants will receive a $5,120 stipend but must arrange their own housing for the summer.

For full consideration, apply by February 15. You must submit (1) a personal statement and (2) the name of a faculty reference. The personal statement should consist of at most one page of English prose including:

  1. Your relevant background and experience, including prior research, mathematics projects, or mathematics-related
  2. Your reasons for interest in the
  3. Your professional

Funding for research/reading at Reed

The Mathematics and Statistics Department has established three summer research/reading fellowships.

Noether and Wieting Fellowships

The Emmy Noether Memorial Fellowship at Reed College was established by an anonymous Reed math alumnus interested in honoring an inspirational figure in the field of mathematics and creating opportunities for more mathematicians like her. It is designated for a continuing Reed student from a gender, racial, or ethnic group that is underrepresented within mathematics. The fellowship offers a $5,120 stipend for an eight-week research or reading project conducted with a Reed Mathematics faculty member. 

The Professor Thomas Wieting Mathematics and Physics Student Fellowship Fund was established through donations in honor of Mathematics Professor Tom Wieting, who taught at Reed for more than 50 years and had interests in differential geometry, analysis, and mathematical physics. The fellowship offers a $5,120 stipend to a continuing Reed student for an eight-week research project in Mathematics and Statistics and/or Physics. The project does not have to take place at Reed, and additional funds are available for travel if that is necessary. Priority will be given to projects in the intersection of mathematics and physics.

Learn more about the Tom Wieting and Emmy Noether's incredible story.

Applications are due on March 8, 2023. Email Angélica Osorno if you have questions.

Reed College Science Research Fellowship

Funding is available from the Reed College Science Research Fellowship (RCSRF) to facilitate and financially support summer research by teams of Reed College faculty and students.

Applications are due on March 8, 2023.

Research opportunities elsewhere

There are many research opportunities for undergraduates, most of them funded by the NSF (National Science Foundation). Many of these opportunities have deadlines that have already passed, but there are many that you can still apply for. Here are some links with lists of these opportunities:

In addition, we have received some announcements for some opportunities at other places. I'm including them here, but these are by no means the only opportunities available.


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. Due to funding restrictions, only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students are also eligible thanks to generous funding by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The program cannot accept foreign students regardless of funding.


This summer, the electronic Computational Homotopy Theory (eCHT) research community is organizing a fully virtual REU. Research will focus on homotopical combinatorics (relations between homotopy theory and finite posets) and will be led by Kyle Ormsby (Reed College) and Christy Hazel (UCLA).

The program runs June 12 - July 21, 2023 with a weekday time commitment of 9am-2pm PT / 12pm-5pm ET. Participants will receive a $3,600 stipend, and additional need-based grants up to $1,000 are available to subsidize participation costs, such as access to required technology. We are especially interested in recruiting students who want to experience the benefits of an REU, but are unable (perhaps for personal reasons) to participate in an on-site program.

Apply by February 15, 2023 to receive full consideration. Inquiries can be directed to Kyle Ormsby at

SMART program at University of Colorado at Boulder

The opportunity is a 10-week summer research internship for a rising junior or senior through the Summer Multicultural Access to Research Training (SMART) program. For 2023, SMART begins Monday, June 5th and ends Friday, August 11th. You will be part of a community of students doing research in different departments at CU Boulder. The research project is in abstract algebra. The deadline to apply is February 1, 2023.

The SMART Program pays program costs. Interns receive:

  • Tuition for upper-division undergraduate credit in independent study at the University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Room and board for the 10-week program
  • Transportation to and from Boulder, Colorado
  • A stipend of $5,000 to be paid in 3 monthly increments of $1,666.67
  • Living arrangements: Interns live together in University of Colorado housing arranged by program staff. Meals are provided each

Information on how to apply


The Summer Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics Accelerator (SUMSA) is an eight week mathematics and statistics bootcamp for undergraduates which will take place June 12-August 4, 2023. The program’s aim is to help prepare students for the rigors of graduate school through lecture series and problem sessions taught by experienced postdocs and advanced graduate students from the University of Chicago. It will cover core material in linear algebra, advanced calculus, metric spaces, probability, statistical modeling, and data science. This program is open to students who will be rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors at U.S. colleges and universities and will be at least 18 years old at the time the program begins.

Further information and the application are available on the program’s web page. Applications are due by February 17, 2023.


The Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM) is excited to share with you its upcoming 2023 Research in Industrial Projects for Students (RIPS) summer research opportunity for undergraduate students! In this program, students work in teams on projects that are sponsored by an industrial partner. The projects cover a wide range of real-world topics, including big data, optimization, transportation, quantum computing, and biotech. We offer two locations for the RIPS 2023 program: RIPS-LA (UCLA campus) and RIPS-Singapore.

We expect to hold both programs in person in 2023. However, the pandemic situation may change at short notice and we will need to adapt accordingly.

The application period for these programs will close on February 13, 2023. If any undergraduate students you know would be interested in a summer of solving real world problems in industry, please pass along this email about the RIPS program.

Please visit the respective webpages for more information and the link to the application:


Many companies hire undergraduate students during the summer for internships. Contact the Center for Life Beyond Reed for help with this.