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Department of Mathematics

Awards and Scholarships

The Department of Mathematics is pleased to be able to oversee the awards and scholarships listed on this page. 

All recipients will be announced and awarded at the Undergraduate Awards Day each spring semester. Recipients are selected from students who have a record of excellence in 500-level MATH courses. All students with a major in mathematics are eligible for the awards. The Laurie Undergraduate Research Scholarship is open to any student interested in doing mathematics research sponsored by a member of the mathematics faculty at USC. The Laurie Undergraduate Research Scholarship is divided among all terms that the student is registered for courses during the research period. Scholarships amounts are divided equally between the Fall and Spring semesters in the next academic year. Thus, graduating students are not eligible for scholarships. Additional criteria are listed in the description of each scholarship. All decisions are made by the faculty members on the Department of Mathematics’ Undergraduate Program Committee. 

Application Information

  • Award / Scholarship Application [PDF]

Please direct all inquiries to the Undergraduate Director ( ) or (803) 777-5313.

Academic Year Enhanced Mathematics Programs

  • Budapest Semesters in Mathematics
    This program brings mathematically talented undergraduates to Budapest, Hungary for an intensive program of study.
  • Mathematics Advanced Study Semesters
    This programs brings mathematically talented undergraduates to Penn State for an intensive program of study.
  • Mathematics In Moscow
    Spend 15 weeks In fairytale Moscow studying mathematics In English in a modern setting in the city's historic center.
  • The Junior Program at Smith College for Women
    The Junior Program is for undergraduate women mathematics majors who want a mathematically intense semester or year among other women. (While the program is intended to take place during the junior year, second-semester sophomores and rising seniors will also be considered.)

Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates

The principal summer research opportunities for undergraduates are REUs: Research Experiences for Undergraduates. These are programs hosted at universities and colleges around the country and most are supported by the National Science Foundation. In order to participate in an REU, the interested student must apply to the host institution in the Fall or early Spring before the summer of the REU.

REUs typically run 6 - 8 weeks in the months of June, July, or August. Each REU consists of 6 - 10 undergraduates from a variety of institutions in the United States and abroad. A group of 1 - 4 faculty members from the REU host institution, sometimes assisted by graduate students, direct the REU students on research projects. Students get background on the projects in the first week or two. This is done by attending lectures

Do some groundwork before you apply to an REU. Most REUs have web pages with application instructions and a list of proposed research topics. Find out which other students and which faculty (if any) have attended REUs in the past. Their input can be valuable. Faculty may also have connections to the organizers of certain REUs.

Learn More About REU's from the American Mathematical Society

REU Information from the National Science Foundation

Mathematics REU sites from the National Science Foundation

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