Math SPIRAL 2012

Summer Program In Research And Learning
at the University of Maryland

A program in undergraduate mathematical research,
for students at the affiliated institutions,
funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Security Agency.

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SPIRAL XI, 2012: An intensive six week summer program for undergraduates involving mathematical development and research

The University of Maryland offers Spiral in cooperation with the following affiliated institutions:

  • Bowie State University
  • University of the District of Columbia
  • Howard University
  • Morehouse College
  • Morgan State University
  • North Carolina A&T State University
  • Spelman College
  • Xavier University of Louisiana
Priotity is given to students from the affiliated institutions. Other applicants will be considered if space is available.

Acknowledgement: Spiral is a program of the Department of Mathematics at the University of Maryland, run in conjuction with our Spiral affiliates. Spiral is and has been generously supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Security Agency.

Participants: A typical Spiral participant is a mathematics major who has completed two years of college. An essential pre-requisite is that the student has taken at least one course in which mathematical proofs are emphasized. On occasion we have successfully included particiapants who have had only one year of college, and several of our participants have had three years. The essential common feature is that they have all had some successful previous experience with mathematical proofs.

Application: The primary application period runs from January 15 through March 1. We will accept applications through March 15 on a space available basis.

An outline of the program:

The program runs from May 28 through July 6. Particiapants should plan to arrive on campus on Sunday May 27 and depart campus on Saturday July 7.

Participants will live on campus in Residence Halls, two participants per room.
Participants will be provided with a stipen of $3,500.
Participants will be given travel support appropriate for their home campus at the binning and the close of the program.
Tuition costs will be covered by the program.
Participants will be responsible for their own food, laundry expenses, and other living costs during the program.
Participants are forbidden to have outside employment or other significant committments during the course of the program.

Math SPIRAL has three core components: academics, research and professional development.

On Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday the daytme program runs from 9:00 to 5:00. The morning is mostly academic development, the afternoon is given to exploration of research projects. There will be a good deal of effort required in the evenings with homework assignments and further research work. Wednesdays may also involve homework and research, but the primary focus will be visits with government or corporate bodies that employ mathematicians, or colloquium lectures and panel discussions relating to mathematics as a profession.

Participants will be enrolled in a UMCP 3 credit upper level summer course. Participants should check with their home institutions about how to arrange for transfer credit.

Contact the Affiliate Professor at your home institution, listed in the contact page, for more information.

Department of Mathematics
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742