Many opportunities for undergraduate research exist at UB and elsewhere. Undergraduates who may be interested in pursuing graduate study in mathematics should take advantage of one or more of these opportunities. Updated information can be found at the American Mathematical Society.
A senior honors thesis is typically completed over two semesters, usually but not always in one's senior year. The student works on a project with a faculty mentor. Typically one registers for MTH499-Independent Study in the fall and then MTH 497-Honors Thesis in Mathematics in the spring. Satisfactory completion of an honors thesis is required to graduate with departmental honors.
The National Science Foundation sponsors many different summer research programs for undergraduates. These usually include travel and housing money plus a modest stipend. Learn more about NSF REU programs.
These are specially designed programs for mathematics. Many of the available study-abroad programs also offer excellent opportunities to study mathematics.
The Summer Math Scholarship supports an undergraduate who wishes to pursue individual research with a 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 six-week full-time summer program will include a stipend in the range of $3,500. The following academic year the research will be written up into a senior honors thesis. Learn more about the Summer Math Scholarship.