Summer seems a long way off, but now is the time to think about what you’ll be doing Summer 2011. Hopefully you’re thinking about a summer internship or an REU (REU stands for Research Experience for Undergraduates). We talked about them last year here.
What a lot of people don’t realize is that there is many, many cool summer jobs that involve using and learning math. Much better than working at the local Kwik-E-Mart, eh?
There are all sorts of opportunities both in the corporate world and in the government/university world. We’ll post any announcements here on the Math Club blog, but you should also go to OU Math Dept. webpage for math majors to find listings for lots of other opportunities.
Definitely check out the OU webpage about summer research opportunities. There you’ll find a comprehensive list of the math REUs funded by the National Science Foundation along with lots of other good resources. Including a handy cheat sheet of tips on how to go about applying.
The most important thing to keep in mind is that:
Many deadlines are in January-March!
So act fast! (Especially because you usually need letters of recommendation and professors can become grumpy when asked for letters on short notice! )