REU: Applied Mathematics

Join our program and work with faculty and grad students on cutting-edge research problems in Applied Mathematics.

For information contact

Lori J. Mueller
Administrative Coordinator
2014 Applied Math REU students
2014 Applied Math REU students

Application Dates

Nov 15 App opens
February 16 Priority deadline
March 1 App closes
April 1 Decisions complete

Program Dates

June 7 Arrival day
June 8 Program begins
July 31 Program ends
August 1 Departure day

Who should apply

Related fields

  • Mathematics


Participation in the Nebraska Summer Research Program is limited to students who meet the following criteria:
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Current undergraduate with at least one semester of coursework remaining before obtaining a bachelor's degree

See Eligibility for more information.

How to apply

Follow the application steps to submit the following materials.

About the Program

The Nebraska REU in Applied Mathematics is administered by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of Mathematics and is funded by the National Science Foundation. The REU site was established in 2002.

Our program strives to give students as full of a research experience as possible, including background reading and exercises in their subject; the skills needed on how to define a good problem, how to solve the problem and (in many projects) give rigorous proofs; and the tools for writing mathematics and giving a talk or presenting a poster. We also offer research, educational, and social activities that cultivate an environment which emphasizes interaction and collaboration.

Summer scholars meet with their mentors almost every weekday. At the conclusion of the 8-week program, students present their research. Often the summer projects result in presentations at a national conferences and research publications. We believe that the participants leave the Nebraska REU Site with an appreciation for the methods of mathematical discovery and have a meaningful and rigorous educational experience.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of Mathematics has a national reputation for excellence in education and mentorship. In recognition of their research mentoring for undergraduates, the department received the 2009 AMS Award for Exemplary Program or Achievement in a Mathematics Department.

A group of summer scholars work on a problem with their applied math mentor.
A group of summer scholars work on a problem with their applied math mentor.


  • Competitive stipend: $4,000
  • Double-occupancy room and meal plan
  • Travel expenses to and from Lincoln
  • Campus parking and/or bus pass
  • Full access to the Campus Recreation Center and campus library system
  • Wireless internet access


  • Department seminars and presentations
  • Professional development workshops (e.g., applying to graduate school, taking the GRE)
  • Welcome picnic
  • Day trip to Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo
  • Canoe and camping trip
  • Research symposium
Learn more about academic and financial benefits.

2015 Mentors and Projects

Petronela Radu, Ph.D. Mathematics

Nonlocal Models in Elasticity and Diffusion
Prerequisistes: Differential Equations, some Applied Mathematics (could be through a physics, mathematical modeling, or numerical analysis course)
Recent scientific discoveries have reinforced the idea that the world is nonlocal. This means that points interact with other points when they are sufficiently close to each other, or within each other's ``horizon". At a mathematical modeling level this translates to considering integral operators instead of classical differential operators to describe the interactions and eventually predict the behavior of a system. The project will focus on two phenomena: diffusion and elastic deformation in the context of the new theory of peridynamics that was introduced by Silling in 2000. Students with a strong background in differential equations and some experience with applied mathematics (obtained in physics, mathematical modeling, and/or numerical analysis courses) will have the opportunity to make contributions to these fast-emerging nonlocal theories.

Richard Rebarber, Ph.D. and Brigitte Tenhumberg, Ph.D. School of Biological Sciences and Department of Mathematics

Metapopulation Analysis and Management
Prerequisistes: Calculus, Matrix Theory (or Linear Algebra)
Researchers will learn about some of the existing mathematical theory for stability of nonlinear dynamical systems, perform numerical simulations, hypothesize new mathematical theorems, and work to prove these theorems.Read more about this project