Department of Mathematics and Statistics


Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) and Research Experience for Teachers (RET) Program

Program overview

Our REU/RET program will allow 8 undergraduates and 2 teachers to work on mathematics research with faculty mentors during a 7-week residential summer program at California State University, Chico. During Summer 2024, the program will take place June 24 to August 8, plus a conference presentation the following year.

Research areas

During the Summer of 2024 there will be two faculty mentors supervising research teams.

Dr. John Lind will be supervising research team(s) in Topology; topics may include knot invariants and traces.

Dr. Michael Coons will be supervising research team(s) in Aperiodic Order; topics may include regular sequences and related objects.

Financial support

All participants will receive a stipend in the amount of $4200 for students or $5600 stipend for teachers. In addition, non-local participants will receive funding for travel and housing.

Application Forms

We are no longer accepting applications for Summer 2024

Application form for Research Experience Undergraduates (REU) 

Application form for Research Experience Teachers (RET)

Application Deadline

The application form, unofficial transcripts, and one or two letters of recommendation must be received by the application deadline of February 1, 2024 in order to receive full consideration.  We are no longer accepting applications for Summer 2024. All materials should be sent via email to Kevin McGown ( Candidates must be US citizens or permanent residents (and at least 18 years of age), who are intending to continue undergraduate studies (or K-12 teaching) in the Fall. Women and students from underrepresented minorities in mathematics are particularly encouraged to apply.


Chico, California is located in the northeast corner of the Sacramento Valley near the foothills of the beautiful Sierra Nevada mountain range. The university campus is located in Chico’s walkable downtown with easy access to restaurants, shopping, museums, and coffee shops. Chico is also home to Bidwell Park, an urban park boasting over 3500 acres, which offers opportunities for hiking and swimming.


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