REU @ NTID 2018
Summer Undergraduate Research for Students who are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing in Applying Mathematical and Statistical Methods to Problems from the Sciences
In the summer of 2018, NTID/RIT will host the first ever science and math REU for students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. Up to 10 students will participate each summer.
The REU will focus on research, but also provide the additional critical components: support in the areas of mathematics/statistics as well as technical writing to foster student development as researchers, and immersion in a community of researchers who are also deaf or hard-of-hearing or who have a background in working with deaf and hard-of-hearing students.
The REU is eight weeks long. The first week of the REU is a research bootcamp, focusing on basic mathematical, statistical, scientific and programming skills to get students ready for their research projects. Students will then delve into their chosen projects in pairs. Each pair will be mentored by faculty at NTID/RIT who have experience working with students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, and are accustomed to a wide range of communication modes, including ASL.
In addition to the research experience, students will receive training in statistics and mathematics targeted toward the chosen research project, as well as support from a writing coach. At the end of the eight weeks, groups will present at the RIT Undergraduate Research Symposium.
Students will receive a stipend $4000 for the eight-week REU and housing, as well as financial support for meals and travel to and from the REU.
Funding is restricted to US citizens or permanent residents who will be enrolled as undergraduate students in Fall 2018.
To apply, please submit the following materials.
- Application form (in Word format). If you prefer, you may fill out the open text or PDF version instead.
- An essay (maximum one page) describing why you would like to participate in this REU, and what you expect to gain from it.
- One letter of recommendation emailed directly to Dr. Bonnie Jacob at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- A transcript (unofficial is okay)
2018 REU faculty mentors:
Tentative dates for 2018 are Monday June 11 through Friday August 3.
Students will choose from the following projects.
- Orbital Dynamics in Evolving Multi-body Systems (astrophysics), Dr. Jason Nordhaus
- Chemometrics on Pollutants in Environmental Water Samples (analytical chemistry), Dr. Todd Pagano
- Monitoring Yeast Cell Growth (biochemistry), Dr. Austin Gehret
- Statistical Analysis of Pharmacologically Active Compounds with Neuroprotective Properties (biochemistry), Dr. Viet Le
- Failed Zero Forcing on Directed Graphs (mathematics: graph theory), Dr. Bonnie Jacob