Mathematics students at Dominican have plenty of opportunities to conduct high-level research, both on and off campus.

On Campus

If you’re interested in exploring a particular topic in more depth, we encourage you to conduct research in partnership with a faculty member in the mathematics department.

You can explore mathematics beyond the classroom even if you do not have a particular topic in mind. A faculty member can help you decide on a project topic.

Students who do research with faculty at Dominican have funding opportunities through the University’s Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Investigations (URSCI) Office. There are also funds available for travel to conferences. Each spring, students from across campus are invited to share their research at the URSCI Expo.

Off Campus

Dominican encourages mathematics students to investigate the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program, which funds undergraduate research in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation.

REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program. Participating students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel.

An REU site consists of a small group of undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project and works closely with faculty and other researchers.

Students apply directly to the sponsoring institution, usually in February or March for the following summer. REU programs can be found across the United States. Two popular math REUs in the Midwest are at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dominican mathematics majors have completed REUs at sites including Illinois State University and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

The NSF maintains a directory of active REU sites.