This summer, one UB mathematics major will win our “Summer Math Scholarship” to pursue individual research with a faculty mentor. The six-week, full-time, summer program provides a stipend of $3,000. The following academic year the research will be written up into a senior honors thesis. To apply for the scholarship, consult with your faculty mentor.
Each fall, potential scholarship recipients will apply jointly with a willing faculty mentor, writing up a description of the proposed research and the hoped for outcomes. The mathematics department’s undergraduate studies committee will select the winner. During the Spring semester the student will register for an independent study, including literature review and discussion of research tools. The following academic year the research will be written up into a senior honors thesis.
The award supports mathematics majors who wish to pursue summer research but, for financial reasons, are forced to find a 'regular' job instead. It allows such a student to have a year-long, one-on-one research interaction with the faculty mentor without sacrificing financial stability. Such experiences are enormously valuable for students considering graduate school in mathematics.
The Summer Math Foundation, Inc. of Amherst, NY funded the first program in 2017 and simultaneously established an endowment to support the program for future summers. The foundation also supports the preparation of a research tools guide book for use by the scholarship recipients.