Mathematics REU at HWS

Research Experience for Undergraduates at HWS


For the third year, Hobart and William Smith Colleges will 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 to 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 Sacramento, California, August 4th - 7th.

Field trip to Watkins Glen State Park MathFest 2019 in Cincinnati


Wednesday, June 2nd through Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021


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

Graph Theory: Explore and classify graphs with properties related to independence and domination. Mentor: Erika King

Neuron Networks: Development and analysis mathematical models of brain networks, and how information is routed on these networks. Mentor: Yan Hao

Mathematical Virology: Development and analysis of mathematical models of chronic viral infections and the immune reactions that fight them. Mentor: Jon Forde


Participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and must be undergraduates in Fall of 2021. 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 the NSF Education and Training Application website to apply. The application deadline is February 12, 2021.

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 7, 2021 (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. Erika King with any questions.