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The National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site program at Central Michigan University began in the summer of 2002.  The goal of the REU is to stimulate talented undergraduates to learn new mathematics by working on challenging, unsolved research problems.

Professor Sivaram Narayan received a 3-year grant of $283,537 for the period 2012-14.  During Summer 2014, eleven students participated in the REU program.  Drs. Debraj Chakrabarti, Kahadawala Cooray, Yeonhyang Kim and Lon Mitchell were the faculty mentors for the summer.

For abstracts of the 2014 REU projects CLICK HE​RE.

REU program has so far worked with 147 students (72 men, 75 women), of which 107 students have been supported by the NSF-REU grants, 30 students from CMU have been supported by CMU Summer Research Scholarships or REU matching funds from the Dean of the College of Science and Technology, and 10 students have received support from their own institution.

NSF-REU 2012 - 2014

​2015 NSF-REU Program:

Due to lack of funding, CMU will not be hosting the National Science Foundation – Research  Experience for Undergraduates program in Mathematics for the Summer of 2015.  We hope to receive funding for the Summer of 2016, so please check our website for future updates.

For more information on the NSF-REU program, please contact:

Sivaram Narayan
Pearce Hall 218
989-774-3566 or 989-774-3596


Research opportunities in the CMU Department of Mathematics include collaborating with faculty members and experiencing each step of a research project through the National Science Foundation (NSF) Long-term Undergraduate Research Experience (LURE). This program supports teams of CMU students – for up to two years – to collaborate with mathematics faculty on undergraduate research, with the goals of increasing the number of:

  • Undergraduates electing mathematics courses beyond institutional requirements
  • Undergraduates and faculty engaging in undergraduate research experiences
  • Graduates feeling prepared to pursue graduate work

Through closely supervised research and independent study activities spanning two summers (10 weeks each) and two academic years, students experience all steps in a research project, from background reading to professional presentation of results. The LURE model emphasizes closes mentoring relationships, teamwork and the development of oral and written communication skills.

NSF did not renew the funding for the Long-term Undergraduate Research Experience (LURE) program in 2013.


For more information on the NSF-LURE program, please contact:

Sivaram Narayan
Pearce Hall 218

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