Edray H Goins

PRiME 2017: Purdue Research in Mathematics Experience

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Program Overview

General Information

The Department of Mathematics at Purdue University will offer an 8-week residential program to conduct research in pure mathematics. The program, entitled PRiME (Purdue Research in Mathematics Experience), will run from June 5 through July 28, 2017. The program is being sponsored by the National Science Foundation (DMS-1560394).

The program will be directed by Edray Goins (Purdue University) and Jonathon Peterson (Purdue University). During the eight week program, students will work together on research projects either in algebraic geometry or in random walks and probability theory. More details on these projects can be found by clicking on the following links.

Goals and Expectations

During the summer, each of the undergraduate participants will:

  • Complete a research project done in collaboration with other PRiME students.
  • Give a presentation at MAA's MathFest and write a technical report.
  • Attend a series of colloquium talks given by leading researches in their fields.
  • Attend workshops aimed at developing skills and techniques needed for research careers in the mathematical sciences.

In order to successfully complete this project, participants will:

  • Meet at least 10 hours every week for a minimum of 8 weeks.
  • Be introduced to advanced topics relevant for their research such as: Abstract Algebra, Complex Analysis, Differential Geometry, Graph Theory, Number Theory, Markov Chains, and Stochastic Processes.
  • Learn how to use an computational mathematical packages such as Sage, Mathematica, or Matlab.
  • Learn how to use \( \LaTeX{} \), a mathematical typesetting language.
  • Write a technical paper explaining the details of the project.
  • Design a poster giving an overview of the project.

Stipend and Travel

Participants in the PRiME program will receive

  • A stipend of $4000 for the eight week program,
  • On-campus housing, and
  • Up to $850 for travel (to and from Purdue and also to attend conferences after the completion of the PRiME program).


Students must be undergraduates in good standing, although preference will be given to applicants who will begin either their Junior or Senior year in the Fall of 2016. Applicants must have taken a proof-based course in Abstract Algebra, Discrete Mathematics, Number Theory, and/or Probability Theory. NSF funding also requires that participants must be US Citizens.

Application Instructions

Applications for the PRiME program should be submitted through MathPrograms.org by going to https://www.mathprograms.org/db/programs/516. For a complete application, you will need to submit

  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • An unofficial transcript or list of math courses and grades. An official transcript may be required upon admission to the program.
  • A cover letter addressing your interest in the PRiME program. Please address what you hope to get out of participating in PRiME and also which of the two research topics you would prefer to participate in.

For full consideration, applications should be received no later than Friday, February 10, 2017. Decisions will be announced by Friday, March 3, 2017.


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Planned Activities

Field Trips

Participants will have the opportunity to enjoy activities to local outings in Indiana. Some potential locations include:

Summer REU Colloquia

In cooperation with the Purdue Student Chapter of the Association of Women in Mathematics (AWM), PRiME will present a series of virtual seminars entitled the Summer REU Colloquium Series. Speakers will discuss their professional journey from being an undergraduate student to being a member of the professoriate. Invited speakers will be faculty who are members of underrepresented minority groups or who teach at institutions of higher learning having significant underrepresented student populations. More details regarding the Summer REU Colloquium Series will be posted as they become available.


From July 26 - 29, 2017, students will have the opportunity to take a field trip to Chicago, IL to attend the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) MathFest. This conference draws mathematicians from all over the world to celebrate mathematics and build connections. The annual summertime meeting features numerous sessions devoted to all aspects of mathematical education and the latest in mathematical research. MAA MathFest continues to bring new and upcoming mathematicians into the community: last year 23 percent of attendees were graduate and undergraduate students, and more than 30 percent were first-time attendees. PRiME will cover all local expenses (i.e. housing and travel) associated with this conference.

The program will also provide funding to attend the National Conference for the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in the Sciences (SACNAS) to be held from from October 29 - 21, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah. We plan to join over 4,000 attendees for four days of scientific research presentations, professional development, networking, exhibits, culture, and community. One of the largest annual gatherings of minority scientists in the country, the interdisciplinary, and interactive SACNAS National Conference supports its diverse membership showcasing cutting-edge science and features mentoring and training sessions. PRiME participants will apply for a travel scholarship. This will cover travel and housing costs for the conference. PRiME will cover up to $400 for the registration fee.

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