Undergraduate Research Opportunities in Math and Stats

Mathematics and Statistics Department

There are several courses which offer math and stats research experience: Math 4P06 Senior Research Project; Math 4W03, 4WW3 Reading in Mathematics; Stats 4W3 Reading in Statistics.

Samples of undergraduate theses that were produced by students who took Math 4P06. Have a look at publications resulting from the undergraduate research experiences: http://front.math.ucdavis.edu/1012.4054
http://front.math.ucdavis.edu/1012.4053 and http://front.math.ucdavis.edu/1012.5265

Some seminars in our department are student-oriented; for instance, consider attending informal weekly meeting of the AIMS Lab; or CSE student seminar in scientific computing. Consider coming to our weekly colloquium (schedule).

NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) are meant to stimulate students’ interest in research in mathematics (and other natural sciences and engineering). A recipient of the award takes part in a research project under a supervision of a faculty member, for 16 weeks over summer. If interested, approach a faculty member and discuss this opportunity. Check McMaster's information page as well as NSERC page, for details-in particular, for the eligibility criteria and application process.

It might be possible to obtain a research co-op placement (for instance, a 4-month co-op with a USRA; talk to Department chair or Undergraduate chair about it, and also to Science Co-op office) .

Check Dr. David Earn's page for useful information. Near the bottom of the page you will find information on several programs that involve undergraduate research: Canada Summer Jobs program, Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP).



Fields Institute (Toronto) Undergraduate Summer Research Program: information for summer 2017 (to get an idea about types of programs, topics, etc. check the archive: 2015, 2012, 2011, 2010). As well - check other outreach activities offered by the Fields Institute. Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS) (Vancouver) has summer school programs, with some suitable for undergraduates.

Canadian Undergraduate Mathematical Conference (CUMC). The CUMC is the largest conference in North America for undergraduate students in mathematics.

Putnam Math Competition for university students in Canada and U.S. (McMaster page has contacts, coaching sessions information). Check Canadian Math Society's page for other math competitions. The Banff International Research Station (BIRS, www.birs.ca) organizes a Summer IMO Training Camp usually in the summer (last 10 years or so); information for 2017. The purpose of the IMO Training Camp is to be an intensive two-week preparation for the Canadian students who attend upcoming International Mathematical Olympiad, and also to allow these students to get to know each other well. For the 2013 activities.

Mitacs Globallink research opportunities for undergraduate students from around the world; this program pairs top-ranked students and faculty at Canadian universities for a 12-week research project of mutual interest in the period of May to September.


Outside Canada

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) offer each year three scholarships to support Canadian undergraduate students registered in a mathematics or computer science program to attend a semester at the Math in Moscow program.

DAAD: Undergraduate Scholarship for Study Abroad in Germany. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) invites undergraduate students of all disciplines to apply for scholarships funding study, senior thesis research and/or internships in Germany. Undergraduate Scholarships are available either as part of an organized study abroad program or as part of an individual, student-designed study abroad semester or year. For additional information on this grant and how to apply, please visit: www.daad.org/undergrad

Consider international exchange programs. Take math courses at institutions across the world.


Useful Math and Stats Contacts:
Department Chair: Hans Boden boden@mcmaster.ca
Graduate Chair (Math): Nicholas Kevlahan kevlahan@mcmaster.ca
Graduate Chair (Stats): Shui Feng shuifeng@mcmaster.ca
Actuarial and Financial Math Program: David Lozinski lozinski@math.mcmaster.ca
PhiMac: Tom Hurd hurdt@mcmaster.ca
School of Computational Science and Engineering: Bartosz Protas bprotas@mcmaster.ca
Undergraduate Chair: Deirdre Haskell haskell@math.mcmaster.ca

Last updated 23 August 2017. This page is maintained by Department of Mathematics and Statistics, McMaster University. To report a broken link, or a related problem, contact Miroslav Lovric lovric@mcmaster.ca [background: Galileo's notebook]