SUMMER@ICERM: 2014 Undergraduate Summer Research Program

Polygons and Polynomials (June 16 - August 8, 2014)



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2014 Organizing Committee:

Summer@ICERM 2014
Funding Includes*
  • $3,000 stipend
  • Travel support within U.S.
  • Dormitory housing
  • Meal plan
  • Fun activities
*Brown University students must apply via MathPrograms.org AND also must apply for an UTRA grant with ICERM as sponsor in order to be eligible to receive the $3,000 stipend. The UTRA grant is provided in lieu of the Summer@ICERM funding package.


What to Expect

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Summer@ICERM 2013 students and faculty leaders during a field trip
to the Providence headquarters of the American Mathematical Society.


Imagine spending eight-weeks on the beautiful Brown University campus in historic Providence, RI, working in a small team setting to solve mathematical research problems developed by faculty experts in their fields.

Imagine creating career-building connections between peers, near peers (graduate students and postdocs), and academic professionals.

Imagine spending your summer in a fun, memorable, and intellectually stimulating environment.

Now, imagine having this experience with support for travel within the U.S., room and board paid, plus a $3,000 stipend*.



The 2014 Summer@ICERM program is designed for a select group of 12-14 undergraduate scholars. Students work in groups of two or three, supervised by faculty advisors and aided by teaching assistants. The faculty advisors provide a number of interesting open problems in combinatorics, number theory, and discrete geometry concerning polygons and polynomials, each suitable for computation and experimentation. Students form research groups to work on the problems, give talks about their findings, and write up their research into a paper at the end of the program.

Research Project Topics for SUMMER@ICERM 2014
During the 2014 Summer@ICERM program the faculty organizers will describe a number of interesting, open-ended problems in combinatorics, discrete geometry, and number theory for study at the Summer@ICERM 2014 program. These problems arise in current research, are amenable to computation and experimentation, and may be approached from a number of different angles.

2014 Research Project Topics:
Periods of Rational Polygons
Barker Sequences
Visualizing Harmonic Analysis

Participants will be expected to gain intuition into some of these problems via computer experimentation and visualization. The complete problem list for the 2014 program is available here: Problem list PDF. PDF


Applicants must not yet have graduated with an undergraduate degree at the time of the program start. Funding is available for a limited number of students who are not US citizens or permanent residents.

Applications for the 2014 program have closed.

“The program exceeded my expectations by any standard I can think to apply -- the students were by and large strong and motivated, the ones I interacted with regularly were clearly learning quite a bit, the people involved in organizing the program were a pleasure to work with, and the outcomes in terms of research have been impressive. It was both fun and rewarding to be involved in this program” -- Summer@ICERM 2013 Participant