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MSRI-UP 2021

MSRI-UP 2021: Parking Functions - Choose Your Own Adventure

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The MSRI Undergraduate Program (MSRI-UP) is a comprehensive summer program designed for undergraduate students who have completed two years of university-level mathematics courses and would like to conduct research in the mathematical sciences. The main objective of the MSRI-UP is to identify talented students, especially those from underrepresented groups, who are interested in mathematics and make available to them meaningful research opportunities, the necessary skills and knowledge to participate in successful collaborations, and a community of academic peers and mentors who can advise, encourage and support them through a successful graduate program.

In 2021, the research topic of MSRI-UP was Parking Functions: Choose Your Own Adventure. The research program was led by Dr. Pamela E. Harris, Associate Professor of Mathematics at Williams College.

During the summer, each of the student participants will:

  • participate in the mathematics research program under the direction of a mathematics professor, a postdoctoral fellow, and two graduate students
  • complete a research project done in collaboration with other MSRI-UP students
  • give a presentation and write a technical report on his/her research project
  • 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 and
  • learn techniques that will maximize a student's likelihood of admissions to graduate programs as well as the likelihood of winning fellowships
  • receive a $3,100 stipend, lodging, meals and round trip travel to Berkeley, CA.

After the summer, each student will:

  • have an opportunity to attend a national mathematics or science conference where students will present their research
  • be part of a network of mentors that will provide continuous advice in the long term as the student makes progress in his/her studies
  • be contacted regarding future research opportunities

Application Materials

Applications for MSRI-UP 2021 were submitted via MathPrograms, which listed the required application materials. Due to funding restrictions, only U.S. citizens and permanent residents were eligible to apply, and the program cannot accept international students. Students who have already graduated or will have graduated with a bachelor's degree by August 31, 2021 were not eligible to apply.

MSRI-UP Sponsors

Funding to support MSRI-UP is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the National Science Foundation (NSF).