Undergraduate Research

Would you be interested in working on a research problem in mathematics or statistics under the supervision of a faculty member? Would you like to present the results of your research at a regional or national conference? This is all possible and has already been done by many undergraduate students in our department. If you are an undergraduate and think you might be interested in working on a research project, you are invited to contact the Undergraduate Research Committee to request an interview. Projects from the past have included topics from knot theory, game theory, graph theory, analysis, algebra and statistics.

Funding Opportunities

Departmental Scholarship

(2012-2013 awardee: Benjamin Wright)

The Department of Mathematics is expecting to award two research scholarships for the 2013-2014 academic year. Each of these scholarships comes with a $3000 student stipend, and travel support to a conference, where the students will be presenting results of their research. Each awardee is expected to work on average 10 hours a week on the research project under the direction of a faculty member.

Eligibility: Fresno State mathematics undergraduate students in good standing are eligible to apply, as long as they will not matriculate before May, 2014.

Application process: A complete application consists of two parts:

  • (i) [written by the student] personal statement describing your interest in undergraduate research, and a short description of the research topic you want to explore
  • (ii) [written by sponsoring faculty] a 1-2 page description of the possible directions the project could take, with well defined research problems, and likely approaches.

In addition, a rough timeline of activities should be outlined, along with a conference where the student will present his/her work.

Deadline: Applications should be emailed to tforgacs@csufresno.edu by April 19, 2013. In the subject line please put "AYResearch". Decisions on these awards will be made by May 11, 2013.

Undergraduate Research Grants

(2012-2013 awardees: Elaina Aceves, Jennifer Elder, David Heywood, Hagop Karakazian, Serena McTeer, Joel Smith, Benjamin Wright.)

Undergraduate students are encouraged to apply for a 2013-2014 Undergraduate Research Grant. These grants provide up to $1,000 in financial support to undergraduate students who work closely with a faculty member to conduct research, engage in field studies, create projects in their discipline, or participate in similar scholarly/creative activities. Students may either design their own project or work on a professor s project. Either way, students must work closely with a faculty mentor. Students are encouraged to contact faculty in preparation for making a proposal.

To be eligible, a student must:

  • be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student with at least two semesters remaining before they will earn their degree
  • be in good academic standing
  • show substantial initiative in the project
  • have a faculty mentor who is willing to work with the student

Faculty mentors must:

  • be full-time faculty
  • be willing to work closely with the undergraduate student on the project
  • have knowledge/expertise in the area of project to be completed
  • demonstrate ability to effectively mentor an undergraduate student

The application will be due late spring. Go to this link for additional information including application forms and guidelines.