From Bethany McLemore of East Texas Baptist University:
I participated in Miami University's program this summer in Oxford, OH. The program is called the Summer Undergraduate Mathematical Sciences Reseach Institute, or SUMSRI. We chose research topics and divided into groups, then quickly jumped into the work. However, we also had classes for the first four weeks (of seven weeks) for part of the day in real analysis, technical writing, algebra, and GRE prep. These were very helpful and played a part in my choosing the program. The last three weeks were purely for our projects. We also had two speakers each week, or a grad school panel discussion.
We received a good stipend for our work, as well as accommodation, weekend trips, and a trip this January to the Joint Mathematics Meeting in New Orleans. The professors were absolutely wonderful and I loved my experiences there. I learned much about math research, writing, and graduate study.
From Betsy LaPlant of Bemidji State University:
SUMSRI is an REU at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. It's a seven week program. The first four weeks we attended classes in analysis, algebra, and technical writing and met with our research group. The last three weeks we focused on our research and writing our papers. Throughout the program we had two speakers a week from various universities. We had the choice to do research in statistics, linear programming, or algebra. Our research was done individually or in small groups. Each group had an advisor and a graduate student to help when needed.
This program was a great experience and gave me the opportunity to meet people from across the country with an interest in mathematics. I learned a lot about how to write a research paper in mathematics and also about graduate school and career options. Our travel, room, and meals were paid for and we received a stipend. We also had the opportunity to attend the joint meetings in New Orleans with all our expenses paid.