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2022 Information

2022 Application Information

Applications will be accepted through MathPrograms.org through the following link:


On the MathPrograms.org site you will fill in some boxes (including information about your letter writers, who will upload their letters directly). You will also upload some longer pieces. Here we describe those pieces. Before beginning, please verify your eligibility.


To apply you must meet all the following 3 criteria:

  1. U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or U.S. permanent resident
  2. Undergraduate enrolled in bachelor's or associate's degree program in Fall 2022
  3. 18 years old by June 1, 2022


You will apply on the MathPrograms.org site through the following link:

(coming soon).

Before applying, please read the directions here. This web page is the only source of complete application instructions.

  • You will need to prepare the following 4 separate application documents in PDF format before applying:
    1. ISU Math REU 2022 Project Statement: This is a one to two page statement indicating your preferred ISU Math REU project(s) for which you want to be a participant. Describe your interest/motivation in the project(s) and your relevant background (such as the required or preferred coursework). Each project you address should be given a separate clear heading.

    2. Personal Statement: The Personal Statement should not use numbering/headings and need not use the order listed here. It should be written in standard English, not as a bulleted list. The length should be at most one page and address the following:
      • Relevant background and experience, such as any of the following not already addressed your project statement: prior research experience and/or mathematics project(s) you have done (if any, none are required), other mathematically or computationally relevant job(s) you have held such as tutoring, etc., what experience you have with computational tools, motivation for mathematical course work (beyond basic calculus).

      • Long-term professional goals.

    3. List of math courses and grades: The first line of this document should be:
      • Math GPA = [your math GPA]

      • NOTE: Use the following scale to compute math GPA, regardless of the scale used by your school:
        • A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, F=0.
        If you school reports plus/minus, modify the whole grade numbers by +0.3 for plus and -0.3 for minus, so A- = 3.7 and B+ = 3.3, etc...

      After that list all the college mathematics courses you have taken with their grades, one course and grade on each line, in reverse chronological order (most recent first). If there are any courses that were not taken at your current institution, indicate this (e.g., by asterisk) and identify the college/university for these course(s) at the bottom of the list. For courses currently enrolled, leave the grade blank.

    4. Brief statement describing mathematics research opportunities at your college or university: This should be a paragraph (less than half a page) and is about your college or university, not about you. It is intended to help us gather data that NSF requires.

  • You will need a transcript from your current college that shows your Fall 2021 grades (unofficial is fine, but if you are selected and accept, then you will need to provide an official transcript).

  • You will need to arrange for 2 or 3 letters of recommendation before applying. You will be asked for the names and e-mail addresses of your references on the cover sheet when you apply. Two letters of recommendation is standard, but three will be accepted (and asking for three provides you with a greater likelihood we will actually get two, the minimum number needed for us to consider your application). At least one letter we receive must be from a college or university mathematics professor who has taught you in a formal course. Prior research experience is not required; however, if you have prior relevant research experience, such as another REU, one of the letters must be from your previous research mentor or program director. All letters should be from mathematicians, statisticians, computer scientists, biologists, chemists, physicists or other scientists or engineers who can comment on your potential for mathematical research and/or relevant research experience. We do not want a letter from your English professor, nor do we want one from your neighbor, nonscientific employer, or high school teacher. Letters of recommendation will be uploaded to MathPrograms.org by the writers.

  • Submitting the application. When you submit your application, in addition to uploading the four documents described above, you will prepare a standard cover sheet that includes your references.

Other questions: On the ISU application you will be asked questions to

  • Verify your eligibility; and
  • Check boxes for each of the projects that you are interested in - this should match those you describe in your ISU Math REU Project statement.

It is very important you answer these questions correctly.