Nebraska IMMERSE

Director Professor Tom Marley
Phone (402) 472–7250
 Julia Set


Note:  There will be **no** IMMERSE program organized in 2016, or for the foreseeable future, due to lack of funding.

Overview of the Program

Nebraska IMMERSE is the centerpiece of the department's MCTP program. IMMERSE has two interweaving components: one that strengthens the preparation of students who are about to enter their first year of graduate study in mathematics (these students are referred to as "pre-grads") and one that develops the teaching, research and mentoring skills of graduate students and early-career faculty.

The dates for the 2015 IMMERSE Program are:

Monday, June 8–Friday, July 17 Pre-grads
Wednesday, May 27–Friday, July 17 Graduate students, early-career faculty

The IMMERSE participants can be grouped as follows:

  • 16 pre-grads: Students who will be starting graduate school in mathematics, either at UNL or elsewhere, the following fall. Pre-grad participants will receive room, board, a travel allowance and a $3,600 stipend.
  • 6 UNL graduate students: Three of these students will have just finished their first year of graduate school while the other three will be beginning their final year of graduate study.
  • 2 early-career faculty: Young mathematics faculty who are employed at colleges or universities that do not have doctoral programs in mathematics. These participants will receive room, board, a travel allowance and a $11,000 stipend.
IMMERSE Group 2013

IMMERSE 2013 Group

IMMERSE Group 2012

IMMERSE 2012 Group

IMMERSE Group 2011

IMMERSE 2011 Group

IMMERSE Group 2010

IMMERSE 2010 Group

IMMERSE Group 2009

IMMERSE 2009 Group

IMMERSE Group 2008

IMMERSE 2008 Group

IMMERSE Group 2007

IMMERSE 2007 Group

IMMERSE Group 2006

IMMERSE 2006 Group

IMMERSE Group 2005

IMMERSE 2005 Group

Structure of IMMERSE

Mentoring at Nebraska IMMERSE will be very much vertically integrated: the early-career faculty will be mentored by senior UNL faculty, the graduate students will be mentored by each other and the early-career faculty, and the pre-grads will be mentored by the early-career faculty and the graduate students.

For the pre-grads, the main component of the program consists of two intensive courses: one in algebra and one in analysis. The courses will be at the advanced undergraduate/beginning graduate level. However, rather than working through a textbook, the courses will be structured around the reading of research papers. The IMMERSE course coordinators (two UNL faculty) will select papers that use, as tools, some of the topics which typically appear in first-year graduate algebra and analysis courses, and then structure the IMMERSE courses around the material of the papers. Each course is taught by one early career faculty member, with a mixed group of three first-year and advanced graduate students serving as teaching assistants. There will also be several special presentations/colloquiums/workshops throughout the six weeks, which will provide additional forums for exploring issues the pre-grads are likely to face as they begin graduate school. We will have at least two guest speakers, each of whom will give an overview of current research topics in his/her mathematical area.

As stated above, the program for the graduate students and early-career faculty will begin approximately two weeks prior to the start of the IMMERSE courses. At the time of their arrival, the early-career faculty and graduate students will work with the course coordinators to finalize their plans for the six-week courses. (The early-career faculty and the course coordinators will have begun planning these courses during the Spring 2015 semester.) Additionally, each early-career faculty participant will have a research mentor in the form of a senior UNL faculty member. Over the course of the eight weeks, the early-career faculty will work with their research mentors to identify and begin work on a joint research project. The collaboration is expected to carry over into the next academic year via e-mail and research visits. (An additional travel allowance for this purpose is given to the early-career faculty partipants.)

Selection of IMMERSE participants


Any U.S. citizen or permanent resident who intends to begin graduate study in mathematics, in the U.S. in the fall of 2015, is eligible for the program. Selection will be based on transcripts, letters of recommendation and a personal essay on what the applicant hopes to gain from the program. Applications for the 2015 program are due on March 15, 2015, with notification given by early April.

Deadline? March 15, 2015
Notification by early April
Dates? June 8 – July 17, 2015
Qualifications? U.S. citizen or permanent resident
Intent to enroll in a graduate program in Mathematics (in which the Ph.D. degree is offered) for Fall 2015 semester.
Stipend? $3,600 plus travel. Room and board provided on campus.

Click here for an application form. Letters of recommendation should be either mailed to the address in the application or emailed to the IMMERSE director.

Click here to view the 2014 Nebraska IMMERSE poster.

Graduate student mentors

These UNL students are the recipients of the MCTP graduate traineeships. Click here for more information on these traineeships.

Early-career faculty

These participants will be selected based on the applicants' qualifications and potential to benefit from the program. In particular, preference will be given to applicants whose research interests lie in the research areas of one or more UNL faculty members. Candidates for the early-career faculty position must:

  • be U.S. citizens, nationals or permanent residents;
  • have earned a doctoral degree;
  • be employed in a tenure-track (or equivalent) position as an assistant professor (or equivalent title) in a non-doctoral-granting mathematics department at an institution in the U.S., its territories, possessions or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico;
  • be untenured.

To apply for the 2015 program, please send a copy of your CV, a cover letter indicating your research interests and how you expect to benefit from participation in the IMMERSE program and one letter of reference which addresses your teaching effectiveness. The deadline for applications is December 15, 2014, with notification by mid-January. Send application materials to:

Nebraska IMMERSE
Prof. Tom Marley, Program Director
University of Nebraska–Lincoln Department of Mathematics
203 Avery Hall 880130 Lincoln NE 68588–0130
Voice 402–472–7250
Fax 402–472–8466