Mathematical Sciences

School of Natural Sciences & Mathematics

The Department of Mathematical Sciences at The University of Texas at Dallas, in a unique partnership with Pioneer Natural Resources, is offering a Pioneer Fellowship to especially well-qualified undergraduate students to engage in a summer research experience.

About the Pioneer Fellowship

This research program is available to undergraduate juniors and seniors who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

  • An 8-week summer program during which each selected student will work directly with a faculty member in The Department of Mathematical Sciences on an innovative research project. [Faculty Research Interests ]
  • At the conclusion of the summer, each selected student will report their findings during a poster presentation that is open to the public.
  • Program stipend covers travel funds up to $600.00, housing and a weekly food allowance.
  • The total stipend is valued at $5,000.00.
  • In late January each year a committee comprised of faculty from the Math Department will review all the applications and three students will be selected for this special fellowship.
  • UTD-Pioneer REU Poster

How to Apply

A complete online application, available by sending an email request to [email protected], requires:

  • A written statement describing why you should be selected.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Official transcript.
  • 2 letters of recommendation.

Recent REU Projects

Summer 2016

    • Students: Benjamin Griffin and Peter Smith
    • Faculty: Mieczyslaw Dabkowski, Anatoly Eydelzon, Viswanath Ramakrishna
    • Projects: “Computation of the Alexander and Twisted Alexander Polynomials” and “Noncommutative Fox Calculus – Computation of Cyclic Branched Covers”
    • Student: Russell Hart (UTD)
    • Faculty: Yifei Lou
    • Project: “Phase retrieval comparison: data acquisition, retrieval methods and under-sampling masks”

Summer 2015

    • Student: Brian Diaz (St. Mary’s University, San Antonio TX)
    • Faculty: Paul Stanford
    • Projects: “In the Nature of b ≡ a^k mod m” and “Survey of Irrational Numbers via Beukers-like Proofs”
    • Student: Paul Seitz (University of Dallas)
    • Faculty: Anatoly Eydelzon
    • Project: “Fitting Conic Sections to Noisy Data”
    • Student: James Dean
    • Faculty: Anh Tran
    • Project: “On nonabelian representations of twist knots”
    • A paper with the same title was published in the mathematics journal Involve, Vol. 9, No. 5, 2016

Summer 2014

    • Student: Zackary O’Connor
    • Faculty: Viswanath Ramakrishna
    • Project: “Quaternionic Representations of the Lorenz Group”
    • Student: Danna Naser (Texas Tech)
    • Faculty: Yulia Gel
    • Project: “Machine Learning and Data Mining Approaches to Climate Science”
    • Her research project was published in: Soliman, M., Naser, D., Lyubchich, V., Gel, Y.R. and Esterby, S. (2015). Evaluating the Impact of Climate Change on Dynamics of House Insurance Claims. Machine Learning and Data Mining Approaches to Climate Science: Proceedings of the Fourth International Workshop on Climate Informatics, V. Lakshmanan et al. (eds.), Springer, 175-183.