Research Opportunities

Collaborative Undergraduate Research and Inquiry –

The St. Olaf Collaborative Undergraduate Research and Inquiry (CURI) program provides opportunities for St. Olaf students of all academic disciplines to gain an in-depth understanding of a particular subject through working closely with a St. Olaf faculty member in a research setting.      CURI Website

Center for Interdisciplinary Research

Under our original grant, the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (CIR) brought together undergraduate statistics students supervised by statistics faculty with faculty and students from other disciplines to share in the excitement and challenge of working across the traditional academic boundaries to collaborate on research. Under our current grant, the CIR will be expanded to include applied and computational mathematics and an increased number of students from underrepresented groups, while still maintaining the original grant’s goals of attracting more students to graduate study and careers in the mathematical sciences, especially through successful interdisciplinary, collaborative research experiences as undergraduates.    CIR Website

Off-campus Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU):

Many colleges and universities have summer research programs for undergraduate students. Students get paid to spend 6-10 weeks working on a research project with a faculty member from the participating institution. Usually students spend a couple of weeks at the beginning of the program learning their topic area, then work in groups on the research. Some REU programs are designed for rising seniors who are very serious mathematics students, while others are designed for rising juniors and even younger students who do not yet have a lot of mathematics courses. The best way to find an REU that fits your situation is to spend time exploring the following links:

If you have questions about REUs, talk to your academic advisor.