Math Research and Scholarship Opportunities

Where to begin?

There are numerous research, internship and fellowship options available. Among the more popular programs is the network of Research Experience for Undergraduates (REUs) sites hosted by universities across the U.S. Typically each site supports 4–8 students who visit it during summer and work there with a mentor on a research project. An REU lasts about 8 weeks. Travel, room and board are covered and you get paid $2000–$4000. Most deadlines are in February.

  • A very convenient (free!) online application system and a perfect place to start. It features a large and constantly updated database of various math-related opportunities for students. You can create an account, store application materials, manage reference letters, and apply to multiple programs right from this website. Note, however, that it is not exhaustive and some places may not necessarily have their offerings listed there.
  • Database of REUs from the National Science Foundation. Here's a direct link that brings up REUs in Mathematics
  • List of REU programs compiled by the American Mathematical Society (AMS)
  • List of Internships compiled by the AMS
  • Semester and Summer programs compiled by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA)

Other Programs

HUDL company in Lincoln
See HUDL job postings.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Internships (Summer session applications accepted till March 1)
Department of Energy (DoE)
Sample: Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Department of Defense (DoD)
Student internships and summer programs
USSTRATCOM Programs (part of DoD in Omaha, NE)
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Internships for students and recent graduates
National Security Agency (NSA) Programs
NSA offers summer programs very similar to the REU's. Citizenship or permanent residency required. Highly competitive. Application deadlines are in September.
Other Federal Agencies (most require US citizenship or residency)
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Sandia National Lab
NASA Nebraska Space Grant
Summer Undergraduate Applied Mathematics Institute
Held at the Center for Nonlinear Analysis at Carnegie Mellon University, in addition to a stipend participants receive credit from Carnegie Mellon for this 7-week learning and research experience.
The Mathematical and Theoretical Biology Institute Summer Program
The MTBI is located on the campus of Arizona State University. This intensive eight-week summer research experience for undergraduates prepares promising young scientists interested in working at the interface of mathematics, statistics and the natural and social sciences for the rigors of graduate studies.
Research in Industrial Projects for Students (RIPS) Summer Program
This program involves applied mathematics problems from industry.


Undergraduate Creative Activities and Research Experiences (UCARE) (math dept info)
This UNL program is designed to promote undergraduate research by having students work on a research project with a faculty mentor.
Honors Thesis
Many students in the UNL Honors Program do their senior theses under the direction of math faculty.
Yet many more choices are available outside these programs!
Talk to a faculty member about the work they are doing or contact the Chief Undergraduate Advisor.

Special Opportunities for Women in Math

The Carleton Summer Math Program for Women
For women who have finished their second (sophomore) year of college, this NSF sponsored program is designed to support and encourage women in their study of mathematics.
Summer Program for Women in Mathematics at George Washington University [NOT running in 2015]
For women ending their junior year who are interested in working with other women in a supportive research environment.

Fellowships and Scholarships

From Department of Homeland Security Scholarship program
NSF Graduate Fellowship
Department of Defense SMART Scholarship
UNL School of Natural Resources
Goldwater Scholarship, Truman Scholarship, and more
For details contact Dr. Laura Damuth Director of Undergraduate Research and Fellowship Adviser.

Academic Year Off Campus

Mathematics Advanced Study Semesters (MASS) at Penn State
MASS is held during the fall semester of each year.
Budapest Semesters in Mathematics
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