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The National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) 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 2013, eleven students participated in the REU program. Drs. Leo Butler, Susan Cooper, Lisa Driskell and Sivaram Narayan were the faculty mentors for the summer.

The REU program has so far worked with 136 students (67 men, 69 women), of which 98 students have been supported by the NSF-REU grants, 29 students from CMU were supported by CMU Summer Research Scholarships or REU matching funds from the dean of the College of Science and Technology, and 9 students have received support from their own institutions.

REU 2012 Abstracts

2012 NSF-REU Program. Twelve students worked with Department of Mathematics professors Chin-I Cheng, Erin Militzer, Pete Vermeire and Sivaram Narayan from June 4 to July 28, 2012.

Click here to view the 2012 NSF-REU Abstracts.


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

Sivaram Narayan
Pearce Hall 218

2014 NSF-REU Program: June 16 - August 8, 2014
The Department of Mathematics at Central Michigan University will be hosting a National
Science Foundation summer program to provide Research Experience for Undergraduates.

The application for research beginning in Summer 2014 is now available:
Preference will be given to applications received by February 26, 2014.


Nine students will be chosen to work with faculty members of the Department of Mathematics. Drs. Debraj Chakrabarti, Kahadawala Cooray, Yeonhyang Kim, and Lon Mitchell (visiting faculty) will guide the student research.


Applicants must have completed a second course in Calculus and a course in Linear Algebra by June 2014. Individual research projects may require additional prerequisites.


The topics to be studied in Summer 2014 will be in the areas of Algebraic Graph Theory, Complex Analysis, Linear Algebra, and Statistics.


Each student will receive a stipend of $4,200, a room in an apartment and a meal allowance of about $800. Travel money to the REU site and to make presentations at conferences will also be provided.


Students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and will be full-time undergraduates in Fall 2014 are eligible to apply. Women and minorities are particularly encouraged to apply. 

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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