Organizing Committee

The Summer@ICERM faculty advisers will present a variety of research projects on the combinatorial and graph theoretical properties of DNA self-assembly. By modeling nanostructures with discrete graphs, efficient DNA self-assembly becomes a mathematical puzzle. Faculty will also guide the development of computational tools which can be used to aid in answering fundamental questions that arise in this field.

Throughout the eight-week program, students will be introduced to the research topic with interactive lectures. Afterward, students will work on their projects in assigned groups of two to four, supervised by faculty advisors and aided by teaching assistants. Students will meet daily, give regular talks about their findings, attend mini-courses, guest talks, and professional development seminars, practice coding, and Tex typesetting, and will acquire skills in free software development. Students will learn how to collaborate mathematically, working closely in their teams to write up their research into a paper.

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Program Details

2023 Proposed Research Topics
  • Optimize design structures for families of graphs such as graphs with a lattice substructure and k-regular graphs.
  • Create, expand, and improve current software used to nd and check optimal solutions.
  • Determine relationships between optimizing bond-edge and tile types.
Detailed Project Descriptions (PDF)
Important Notes
  • Applicants must be matriculating undergraduate students at the time of the start of Summer@ICERM 2023.
  • Funding is available for 2-3 students who are not US citizens or permanent residents.
Funding Includes*
  • $4,000 stipend
  • Providence, RI room, board, and travel funding provided for in-person programming, pandemic permitting. (Brown students who choose not to live in the dorm will waive ICERM provided housing and meal funding.)
To Apply

Applications accepted via Applications submitted by February 14, 2023, will receive full consideration.

Other Summer@ICERM Events

Summer@ICERM 2012: Geometry and Dynamics
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Summer@ICERM 2013: Geometry and Dynamics
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Summer@ICERM 2014: Polygons and Polynomials
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Summer@ICERM 2015: Computational Dynamics and Topology
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Summer@ICERM 2016: Dynamics and Stochastics
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Summer@ICERM 2017: Topological Data Analysis
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Summer@ICERM 2018: Low Dimensional Topology and Geometry
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Summer@ICERM 2019: Computational Arithmetic Dynamics
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Summer@ICERM 2021: Computational Polygonal Billiards
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Summer@ICERM 2022: Computational Combinatorics
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