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The Summer Institute in Mathematics for Undergraduates   

completed its fifth year in 2002! SIMU is  six-week research program in the mathematical sciences for undergraduate sophomores, juniors and seniors from across the U.S. and Puerto Rico.  The program takes place at the University of Puerto Rico - Humacao and is a National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site for 2000 - 2002; it also receives significant funding from the National Security Agency (NSA).  SIMU is the largest (serving twenty-four students per year) NSF REU program in mathematics!


Click on the SIMU 2002 button above to see some of the exciting details of this year's program.

SIMU is directed by Professors Herbert A. Medina, Loyola Marymount University, and Ivelisse Rubio, University of Puerto Rico - Humacao.  Professor Medina can be reached via phone at 310-338-5113 or via e-mail at; Professor Rubio can be reached via phone at 787-850-0000 x 9036 or via e-mail at  The program's e-mail address is

Unfortunately, SIMU will not run in 2003.  The Co-Directors are taking a year off to think about the future of the program.  Please visit this website in fall 2003 to find out if the program will run in summer 2004.  We invite students interested in summer research to click on the Other Links button to find out about other summer programs for 2003.

SIMU is designed for Chicano/Latino and Native American undergraduates who

  1. have completed at least two years of university-level mathematics courses (e.g., Calculus I - III, Differential Equations, Linear Algebra, etc.);

  2. want to conduct undergraduate research in the mathematical sciences;

  3. be interested in pursuing a graduate degree in the mathematical sciences.

Each of the twenty-four students who participated in the 2002 SIMU received a $2200 stipend; round-trip travel to Humacao, PR; and room and board for the duration of the six-week program.

During the 2002 SIMU, each student

  1. participated in a mathematical seminar under the direction of Professor Cortez or Moll;

  2. participated in a computational laboratory that was intertwined with the seminar;

  3. completed an undergraduate research project designed by the seminar leader and done in collaboration with other SIMU students;

  4. gave a colloquium talk and wrote a technical report on his/her research project;

  5. attended a series of colloquium talks given by mathematicians and scientists who are leading researches in their field;

  6. attended workshops whose focus was to develop skills and techniques needed for research careers in the mathematical sciences;

  7. learned techniques that will maximize a student's likelihood of admissions to graduate programs as well as the likelihood of winning fellowships; and

  8. participated in cultural/recreational activities in Puerto Rico.  These activities included trips to the El Yunque rainforest, Old San Juan, Ponce and Hacienda Buena Vista and snorkeling in the Cabezas de Fajardo nature reserve.

After SIMU, each student will have:

  1. an opportunity to to attend the 2002 conference of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) in Anaheim, CA, the 2003 Joint Mathematics Meetings in Baltimore, MD,  and other undergraduate research forums where they will be able to present their research.

  2. the opportunity to continue the professor-student and peer relationships developed with their seminar leader, and other professional mathematicians and students involved in SIMU.

Visit the SIMU Frequently Asked Questions page to obtain more basic information about SIMU.  

Former SIMU students have been very successful in pursuing graduate degrees. Here is the list of graduate schools that former SIMU students are now attending.

 In the mathematical sciences:  University of Iowa; University of Texas at San Antonio; University of Arizona; Cornell University, University of Colorado, Boulder; University of Maryland, College Park; University of Florida, Gainesville, New Mexico State University; University of California, Berkeley, Davis and Santa Barbara; University of Michigan; Tulane University; Rutgers University; Stanford University
 In mathematics education:  Stanford; Santa Clara University; University of California, Santa Cruz; Texas A & M International University.
 In other sciences:  Auburn University; University of Colorado, Boulder; University of Illinois; University of Puerto Rico - MayagŁez.
 In other disciplines:  University of California, Berkeley.

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