Mathematics & Computer Science
CUE Research Options
One option for fulfilling the CUE requirement in the mathematics major is the design, execution, and completion of an appropriate research project. This may involve at most two students and must be supervised by a department faculty member. A student can investigate a branch of mathematics for which there is no Muhlenberg course, conduct original research initiated at Muhlenberg, or follow-up summer work previously done at a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program at another institution. A CUE project must be formally proposed by the student(s) and approved by the department by the end of spring semester of the junior year. Project requirements for each participant will include (but are not limited to) a paper detailing the mathematical work completed and a presentation at an appropriate local/regional/national mathematics meeting outside of Muhlenberg.
The first step is for the student to identify a mathematical area of interest, a specific research question, or an appropriate project that she or he would like to investigate. With ideas in hand, the student should talk with the appropriate mathematics faculty members about CUE interests and move toward asking a faculty member to be his/her CUE Advisor. If a student is not sure which faculty members to approach, please consult with Dr. Gryc, Mathematics CUE Coordinator, for guidance.
Prior to drafting a Mathematics CUE proposal and completing the application form, students must extensively consult with their CUE Advisor to develop a proposal that is appropriately rigorous and whose expectations, outcomes, and assessments are well defined. This proposal will be reviewed by the three-member Mathematics CUE Evaluation Committee.
The student must submit a draft of the proposal to his or her CUE Advisor no less than two weeks prior to the proposal being submitted to the Mathematics CUE Evaluation Committee for consideration. It is important that the advisor has sufficient time to review the draft of the proposal and discuss any changes prior to the completed application going to the committee.
How to Apply
Proposal Drafts: Students must submit their proposal draft to their CUE Advisor no later than MARCH 1st.
Expression of Intent: Students must e-mail Dr. Gryc, Mathematics CUE Coordinator, to indicate their interest in the CUE project, provide the general topic area, and identify their CUE Advisor. This must be done no later than MARCH 15th. This step is merely informational for the department so that we may plan and schedule accordingly.
Formal Application: The two-part application consists of both a completed Mathematics CUE Independent Research Project Application form and the required synopsis of the proposed project as described on that form.
Students must submit a paper copy of a completed application to Dr. Gryc no later than MARCH 28th. Student and faculty signatures on the completed application form represent a formalized agreement between both parties to have the faculty member serve as the CUE Advisor.
Students will be informed whether their application has been accepted by the Mathematics CUE Evaluation Committee within a few weeks after its submission.