Mathematics REU at HWS

Research Experience for Undergraduates at HWS


Hobart and William Smith Colleges has been chosen to host a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site in mathematics!

The HWS REU will provide 10 undergraduates a hands-on introduction to mathematics research. Small research teams of students will be formed to pursue projects on topics from a wide variety of mathematical fields. Additionally, a colloquium series and visits nearby graduate programs are included.

Selected students will receive a $4,500 stipend, on-campus housing, a modest food allowance, and partial reimbursement of travel expenses to and from campus. Additionally, students will be funded to present their work at MathFest in Denver, August 1st - 4th.


May 30 through July 31, 2018


Algebra: Monomial ideals will be explored through their connection to combinatorial structures such as graphs and their subgraphs. Mentor: Jen Biermann

Graph Theory: Graphs will be investigated with respect to independence number, domination number or magic labelings. Mentor: Erika King

Number Theory: Examine index divisibility in dynamically generated sequences. Mentor: Alden Gassert

Mathematical Phylogenetics: Development and analysis of new methods for reconstructing species trees from genetic data. Mentor: Joe Rusinko


Participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and must be undergraduates in Fall of 2018. Applications are especially encouraged from students who identify with populations currently underrepresented in mathematics graduate programs, or from schools with limited access to research opportunities.


Please visit to apply. The application deadline is February 23, 2018.

Common Reply Date

This REU participates in the Mathematical Sciences REU Common Reply Date agreement. Any student who receives an offer from an REU that participates in the Common Reply Date Agreement, inclduing this REU, is not required to accept or decline an offer until March 8, 2018 (or later). The goal of the Common Reply Date agreement is to help students make informed decisions, particularly when faced with the potential of receiving offeres from multiple REUs.

About HWS and the Finger Lakes Region

Hobart and William Smith Colleges is a liberal arts college located in upstate New York, in the city of Geneva. The Colleges have a long history, tracing their origins back to the Geneva Academy, established in 1797.

HWS campus is on the shore of Seneca Lake, one of the 11 Finger Lakes of western New York. The region is known for its many vineyards and waterfalls, and for its lovely summer weather. Several trips to nearby state parks are planned as part of the summer program.

You can find much more information about the math at HWS at our department website.


Please write to Prof. Joe Rusinko with any questions.