Combinatorics and Algorithms for Real Problems

FAQ (Frequencly Asked Questions - and their answers!)

  • Q: What is the stipend, housing, food, travel situation?

  • A: $7000 stipend, free housing in dorms, Food money, and travel will be reimbursed. Travel to and from the program is reimbursed.

  • Q: I am a non-citizen. Am I eligible to apply?

  • A: The NSF which funds most of our students cannot be used for non-citizens. However, we may have other money around that can be so used. In addition some schools (yours perhaps?) have grants for this purpose where they would pay the stipend. We can often come up with money for the housing. In your statement of purpose explain your situtation as well as telling us about the projects you want to work on, etc. However, you must be attending a school in America.

  • Q: Is it okay if I apply, and get in, but then turn you down?

  • A: Yes! If we accept you we will give you a date you must decide by (which can be extended). Saying NO is FINE. Saying YES is FINE. Not responding is TERRIBLE!. Saying YES and then changing your mind to a NO is TERRIBLE.

  • Q: Another program has accepted you and I still do not know about your program. What do I do?

  • A: Email me ( and I may give you an early decision. Note that it might be no.

  • Q: Is the program hard to get into?

  • A: Yes. In 2023 we got around 300 applicants for 15 positions. Hence we advice you to apply to all REU's that you are happy to go to.

  • Q: Can I take a Summer Course or a Summer Job while in the program

  • A: NO.