If you are interested in doing an undergraduate research project with a professor at UH, you can do so throughout the school year or during the summer. If you're unfamiliar with undergraduate research projects in Mathematics, see see this brief guide for a description and advice on undergraduate Mathematics research projects..

- Choose a professor that you know or have had a class from, and who you think you would enjoy working with.
You may want to take a look at their webpage to see what their research entails, but it's not particularly important
that it matches your interests (or that you even understand what it is). Unlike the sciences, in an undergraduate research project in
mathematics, you will probably not be working on the professor's own research projects.

- Undergraduate Research Projects are usually done by juniors or seniors after they have completed the Calculus Sequence,
the 2000-level Linear Algebra, and the Transition to Advanced Math Class. It also helps if you've had some exposure to upper-level mathematics in
other 3000-level or 4000-level courses.

- If possible, go to the professor's office and talk to them in person rather than sending an email. Bring a copy
of your unofficial transcripts
(either printed from PeopleSoft or just a list of courses you've taken
with grades received). Tell the professor you are interested in doing an
undergraduate research project, and ask if they would be willing to supervise you.
You don't need to have an idea of what you want to work on
--- if you want to express some general interests (e.g., "I enjoy Linear Algebra", or "I
liked my Real Analysis class") that is fine,
but not necessary. It is also a good idea to tell the professor
how much time you can contribute to the project. (This may vary, but
something like one hour per week meeting with the professor plus 3--6
hours per week of work on your own seems reasonable.)

- The professor may ask you some questions about your background and what you may want to work on. They may ask for some
time to see if they can come up with a project that is suitable. They may give you one possible
project or they might give you a few possible projects you can choose from. You can then discuss the potential project(s) together to decide
if you are interested. The professor might also say "no".

- If a professor says "no" or tells you they don't have time to supervise an undergraduate research project, do not take it personally. Remember that professors are incredibly busy and as stated above, supervising undergraduate research doesn't help them in their own work and is something they voluntarily take on in addition to their other responsibilities. If they aren't able to supervise you, ask them for suggestions of other professors in the math department who they think may be interested in doing so.

- The Provost's Undergraduate Research Scholarship Program (PURS) provides part-time support during the semester.
- The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) provides full-time support during the summer.
- If the professor you will be working with has an NSF grant, it is sometimes possible for them to request an REU supplement that provides money to pay you to perform research. (Note: NSF = National Science Foundation, REU = Research Experience for Undergraduates)

If you would like to receive academic credit for your research project, the following options exist.

- Enroll in an independent study course
- Enroll in the Honors College's Senior Honors Thesis Program

- Involve, a journal dedicated to showcasing and encouraging high quality mathematical research involving students at all levels.
- The Pi Mu Epsilon Journal, which presents papers and mathematical problems written by undergraduates.
- The Minnesota Journal of Undergraduate Mathematics (MJUM) focuses on original mathematical research done primarily by undergraduate researchers in all areas of mathematics and its applications.
- The Pentagon, an undergraduate journal published by the honor society Kappa Mu Epsilon.
- The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Undergraduate Mathematics Journal, devoted entirely to papers written by undergraduates on topics related to mathematics.
- The SIAM Undergraduate Research Online (SIURO), publishing outstanding undergraduate research in applied and computational mathematics
- The Journal of Undergraduate Sciences, a peer reviewed scientific journal dedicated to original research done by undergraduates and high school students.
- The Journal of Young Investigators, dedicated to the presentation of undergraduate research in science, mathematics, and engineering. It publishes the best submissions from undergraduates, with an emphasis on both the quality of research and the manner in which it is communicated.
- The Furman University Electronic Journal of Undergraduate Mathematics, a forum for the publication of mathematics research papers written by undergraduate students.

- Undergraduate Research Day provides an opportunity for all UH undergrads to present research.
- Contact Pi Mu Epsilon to ask if you can give a presentation to UH Math Majors.
- The Texas Undergraduate Mathematics Conference is held annually at schools near Houston (e.g., Sam Houston State University, University of Texas at Tyler, Stephen F. Austin University). It features numerous talks for and by undergraduates as well as panel discussions and social events. (If the link points to a past meeting of the conference, google "Texas Undergraduate Mathematics Conference" or check the Facebook page.)
- The Joint Math Meetings of the AMS and MAA provides opportunities for undergraduates to give short talks or present research in poster sessions.
- MathFest, the annual conference of the MAA, also provide opportunities for undergraduates to give short talks or present research in poster sessions.
- Regional Undergraduate Mathematics Conferences (RUMC), funded through NSF and MAA support, are conferences aimed specifically at undergraduates.
- The Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics is open to outstanding undergraduate women mathematicians at all stages of their careers. Students will have the opportunity to meet other women who share their interest in the mathematical sciences, and those who have already done research will be given an opportunity to present their results. Conference participants will also have a chance to learn about life in graduate school from the perspective of current women graduate students representing math departments from across the country.

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