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 includes a significant stipend. The following academic year the research will be written up into a senior honors thesis.

In the Fall the student begins the application jointly with a faculty mentor by writing a description of the proposed research and the hoped-for outcomes. The mathematics department’s undergraduate studies committee will select the scholarship winner. During the Spring semester that 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.

- 3/16/23The UB Department of Mathematics is pleased to announce that Giacomo Scilla is the recipient of the 2023 Summer Math Scholarship. Together with faculty mentor Dr. Gino Biondini, Scilla formulated an undergraduate research project aimed at understanding the classification of two-dimensional wave patterns governed by the solutions of the Kadomtsev-Petviashvili equation, with the ultimate goal of deriving efficient methods to generate large ensembles of such solutions.
- 3/13/23The UB Department of Mathematics is pleased to announce that Mahdi Rahman is the recipient of the 2022 Summer Math Scholarship. Under the guidance faculty mentor, Dr. James Faran, Mahdi designed a special Undergraduate Research project that involved studying methods of voting, for a situation when more than one winner is to be selected, and, the criteria determining when two a priori different voting methods reliably produce identical results.
- 1/11/22The UB Department of Mathematics is pleased to announce that Tyler Glover, a junior majoring in Mathematics, is the recipient of the 2021 Math Summer Scholarship. Under the guidance faculty mentor, Dr. Joseph Hundley, Tyler designed a special Undergraduate Research project that involved studying methods of geometric construction beyond the standard straight edge and compass, as well as their limitations and the number systems associated with them. For example, a classic result of abstract algebra states that if a segment of length x can be constructed, given a straight edge, a compass, and a segment of length 1, then x must be a root of an irreducible polynomial with integer coefficients and degree equal to a power of two.
- 1/11/22The UB Department of Mathematics is pleased to announce that Jeremy Kazimer, a junior majoring in Applied Mathematics and Computational Physics, is the winner of the 2020 Math Summer Scholarship. Jeremy is studying network models for complex systems and high-dimensional data under the guidance his faculty mentor, Dr. Dane Taylor. Specifically, the 2020 scholarship supported Jeremy's interest in extending information-theoretic techniques to quantify the structural complexity of social networks and biological systems.
- 1/22/21Sanaira Mondegarian, a junior majoring in Applied Mathematics, has won the 2019 Math Summer Scholarship. The scholarship provided the opportunity for Saniara to study random matrix theory and applied network science under the guidance of Dr. Dane Taylor. Her research is concerned with the problem of community detection in complex networks.
- 9/28/20Matthew Eichhorn, a junior from Williamsville, NY, who is double majoring in Mathematics and Computer Science, has won our second Math Summer Scholarship. Matt is highly involved in the Math Department, participating in competitions including the Putnam exam and the Rochester Math Olympiad. Additionally, he has served as an undergraduate teaching assistant for both MTH 141 and MTH 241, as well as a tutor in the Thomas J. Edwards Undergraduate Learning Center, which assists students with material ranging from algebra and trigonometry through MTH 142.
- 1/20/20The University at Buffalo Department of Mathematics is pleased to announce that Michael Montoro is the recipient of the first annual Summer Math Scholarship. The annual undergraduate research award, established in 2017, is a result of a scholarship endowment by The Summer Math Foundation, Inc. of Amherst, New York. The endowment supports a six week, full-time summer program for the selected undergraduate student to work with a UB Math faculty mentor, which includes a $3000 stipend.