completed its fifth year in 2002! SIMU is sixweek 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 twentyfour 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
3103385113 or via email at hmedina@lmu.edu;
Professor Rubio can be reached via phone at 7878500000 x 9036 or via email at
ive@cuhwww.upr.clu.edu. The
program's email address is simu@cuhwww.upr.clu.edu.
Unfortunately,
SIMU will not run in 2003. The CoDirectors 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

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

want to conduct undergraduate research in the mathematical sciences;

be interested in pursuing a graduate degree in the mathematical sciences.
Each of the twentyfour students who participated in the
2002 SIMU received a $2200 stipend; roundtrip travel to Humacao, PR; and room and
board for the duration of the sixweek program.
During the 2002 SIMU, each student

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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:

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.

the opportunity to continue the professorstudent 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  Mayagüez.
In
other disciplines: University of California, Berkeley.
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