Undergraduate Research Activities

Our group centrally involves undergraduate students in ongoing projects. We also provide other activities that offer excellent opportunities for undergraduate students to apply their skills to real-world problems. Interested students are encouraged to ask faculty they are interested in working with about current opportunities.

Requirements

In order to be successful, students need a strong background and interest in computational and applied mathematics and be able to commit substantial time to the research project. A critical requirement for most projects is a strong background in numerical analysis and strong programming skills as offered, e.g., in Emory’s course MATH 315. Students should also bring a lot of curiosity and enthusiasm to learn and work independently. Depending on the project, other courses or technical skills will be needed.

Getting Started

Students that are curious in getting research experience in scientific computing can find information about current projects. It is recommended to reach out directly to the faculty member associated with projects of interest. Students are also encouraged to attend our group’s weekly seminar.

Expectations from Undergraduate Researchers

We expect the students we advise to create new knowledge leading to scholarship in the form of a final thesis, poster presentations, talks, and publications.

A few recent examples of peer-reviewed papers that originated from undergraduate work are:

Undergraduate Research Activities at Emory

The Department of Mathematics and our group offer various ways for undergraduate students to participate in research projects.

Research Opportunities at Other Institutions

We are glad to help students find research opportunities (e.g., NSF REUs) at other institutions. Programs are commonly listed at https://www.mathprograms.org/db.

Placement

Many of our honors students and other undergraduate students involved in research projects have continued their research careers by entering top-level graduate programs, including at Rice University, UCLA, Stanford U, UIUC, University of Texas, Michigan U, Duke U.