Even though there is snow on the ground, you might want to start thinking about what you’ll be doing in the summer. Well, if you are planning to be chief tater tot fry cook at your local Sonic, then you’ve got plenty of time. But if you’d like to get paid to do cutting edge research in math, physics, biology, engineering, computer science, …., then now is the time to get moving.
There are literally hundreds of programs around the country. We’ve already mentioned a few: like this one. The biggest bunch are the REUs (Research Experience for Undergraduates). These are programs funded by the National Science Foundation (aka the government).
To give you an idea, here are the places which had an REU in 2009:
The right question to ask yourself is “How to I get one of these sweet gigs?” The answer is simple. Follow these easy steps:
- Go to the OU Math Department’s page on REUs. This has lots of good informaton, including some excellent advice on how to go about applying.
- Go to the NSF master list of REUs for 2010. You can search for REUs by location and area of research. It also provides links to the programs so you can learn more details about what exactly they will be doing for research.
- Important! There is lots of interesting REUs beyond math. It is well worth applying to other REUs if they look interesting (your intrepid correspondent did a mechanical engineering REU!).
- There are also other REU-type programs which are not on this list. The OU webpage lists several and no doubt you can google others.
- Don’t delay! Although the deadlines are still weeks away, it takes quite awhile to get everything put together and you don’t want to rush it. Plus, you usually need letters of recommendation from professors and nothing annoys letter writers like short deadlines (and you don’t want annoyed recommendation writers!)