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Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUS)


Geometry & Knot Theory


Since the summer of 2009, students have worked on topics from geometry and knot theory, although our program has been running since 2001 (when it also included projects in combinatorics). For a detailed description of this Summer's program, complete with information about stipends, dates, and links to application forms.

  1. The dates of the REU are May 30th - July 22, 2022 (we are not sure what we'll do for Memorial Day being May 30th).
  2. The deadline for the application is January 31st, 2022.
  3. Each applicant will need to send an email to with their (unofficial) transcripts attached after completing the application.
  4. Each applicant should inform their references to send a letter of recommendation to by February 7th, 2022.

Successful applicants will:

  1. receive a $4800 stipend, paid out in two increments throughout the program.
  2. receive room and board, including a food stipend.
  3. choose between problems in differential geometry and knot theory, and
  4. produce a journal-style paper, poster, and give a presentation on their results.

Should you have any questions, please contact Dr. Corey Dunn or Dr. Rollie Trapp.

To get an idea of what previous participants have done, check out some samples of student work. Also, please consider looking at this document which aims to give you an idea about what we look for in our participants, in the hopes it helps you put together a great application. In addition to the fun of studying math every day, we interact with several other programs on campus, and introduce you to what a possible career in mathematics and research could look like. Our most common response when asked about our program is that participants "learn how to do real math research," and that they "have a lot of fun." Look at some photos from previous years (our website is being updated, please come back for more recent pictures once we've had a chance to upload some). For more information click on the above links or contact one of our directors: Dr. Dunn or Dr. Trapp.

The REU Program at CSUSB has been made possible by NSF-REU grants DMS-0453605, 0139426, 9987955, 0850959, 1156608, 1461286, and 1758020, as well as the generous support of California State University San Bernardino.





CSUSB Summer REU Group Photo 2020

Summer 2020 REU Group Photo - Remotely Via Zoom

Undergraduate Independent Studies

Math 5951/5952/5953

These are 1, 2, and 3 unit courses respectively in which junior and senior mathematics majors can participate in independent studies with faculty.  Consent of instructor required and departmental approval of a written project proposal submitted in advance of the semester in which the course is to be taken. 

See our Student Talks Page for examples of some of the research projects students have undertaken in previous terms.