Combinatorics and Algorithms for Real Problems

Application Requirements

  1. Application is Due March 15, 2021

  2. Complete Common Application (form linked below)

  3. College Transcript (Unofficial transcript is okay)

  4. At least two letters of Recommendation

  5. Personal Statement - An essay on what you want to work on and why, and why you are qualified. Keep to under 1 page.

Application Steps

Advice: On the application form there is a place to check off which projects you would be happy working on. Check off at least two. If there are only one or two that you ilke then contact me and I'll tell you if checking off only one or two makes sense.

  1. Apply - You need to (1) fill out the form below, (2) email transcript as stated below, (3) email personal statement as stated below, (3) have letter writers send letters as stated below.

Click Here to Fill Out the Form Needed

  1. Email transcript to

  2. Email personal statement to

  3. Ask recommenders to send letters directly to

ADVICE: Use your personal statement to talk about which projects you want to work on: Why you want to work on them, Why you are qualified to work on them.

Important Dates and Points

  1. Applications are due by March 15; however, we will make offers before then so later applications may have a disadvantage

  1. If you need to know earlier (e.g., some other REU program has made you an offer) then contact me and I may be able to tell you earlier

  1. REU programs, in general, are quite competitive. We advise you to apply to several; however, only apply to those you would seriously consider going to.

  1. Program Starts Monday June 7. On that day Director Bill Gasarch will give a talk in the morning about how the program operates, and later you will meet with your mentors.

  1. Program Ends Friday Aug 13.

Applicant Qualifications

  1. Applicant must be a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States, but see next point.

  2. We have some money (not a lot!) for non-citizens who are ugrads at a school in America. But see next point.

  3. Some schools have ways for non-citizens so apply for funding for Stipend. We URGE all non-citizens who apply to our program to also apply for such funding from thei schools and to tell us that in your personal statement. Also, if you get the funding, email me.

  4. Applicants absolutely MUST be getting their degree for a school in America. No exceptions.

  5. Applicant must be an ugrad student with good standing who will still be an ugrad in Sept 2021.

  6. All applicants are expected to have completed a course in Algorithms and Discrete Mathematics, but see next point.

  7. If you don't have the above but have similar (e.g., no course in algorithms but you did a project that involved algorithms) then apply and tell me about your qualifications in your personal essay.

  8. Some of the above is breakable in the right circumstances. Feel free to email me. (The requirement that you be getting your degree at an American School is absolute. To that one there are no exceptions.)