Supported by

  • National Science Foundation
  • Emerging Scholars Program REU
    2016, 2018, 2020 2021

COVID-19 Update April, 2021

The 2021 REU in mathematics has been canceled due to the ongoing pandemic.

St. Mary's College of Maryland plans to be fully open for in-person instruction in Fall, 2021, but travel, housing, and other restrictions remain in place for this summer. Consequently the Emerging Scholars REU in mathematics will not run this summer.

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COVID-19 Update 2020

The 2020 REU at St. Mary's College of Maryland has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We truly appreciate all of the hard work and time that went into the applications, but we cannot in good faith run our program without being able to guarantee the health and safety of our participants.

We want to encourage you to continue your interests in mathematics and research. There will be many more opportunities for you in the years to come; we think you would do well to explore them. The National Science Foundation maintains a website of upcoming REU programs that you may wish to consult when considering next summer's plans. We recommend visiting later this year or early in 2021 to get a head start on the application process.

Another option for research projects might be closer than you think. Based on your passion for mathematics, you might consider asking some of the faculty at your home institution if they have research projects you can work on. (The recommendation letters we received were so good; clearly many of these professors already know you'd be great to work with.)

Sincerely, the 2020 ESP-REU team at St. Mary's

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Mathematics REU at SMCM


St. Mary's College of Maryland, the National Public Honors College, will host a research program for undergraduate students, to be held summers 2016, 2018, 2020. The seven-week program is a designated NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site.

The program will bring 12 undergraduate students to the Honors College to engage in mathematical research, and includes seminars designed to prepare them for advanced mathematics courses. Students will also benefit from academic and professional-development activities. This REU is only open to students early in their college careers. Our goal is to attract underrepresented students to mathematics by providing access to research typically only available to those who are already highly accomplished in the discipline. Research topics have been carefully chosen to be accessible to those with a modest background in mathematics.

Note well: This REU is only open to early-career college students. The expected prerequisites are Calculus II and desire to work hard. If you've had a course in Vector Calculus, Linear Algebra or a bridge course like Intro to Proofs, that's fine, but students who have already had a course in Abstract Algebra or Analysis should not apply.

What you get

  • Seven weeks conducting research on open problems in mathematics alongside prominent faculty members
  • Access to St. Mary's College facilities, including the beautiful St. Mary's River
  • A stipend of $3,500
  • Travel expenses plus room and board
  • Weekend outings to D.C., Baltimore and Annapolis

Applicant requirements

  • Success in Calculus I and II
  • No upper-level coursework
  • Full-time undergraduate in 2020–21
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Willingness to work hard
  • Willingness to work with others
  • A love of (or at least a strong affection for) working on, thinking about and solving mathematical problems
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St. Mary's College of Maryland


Nonsectarian since its founding in 1840, St. Mary's enjoys a unique status in higher education as Maryland's public honors college.

As Maryland's public honors college, St. Mary's offers an undergraduate liberal arts education and small-college experience like those found at exceptional private colleges. St. Mary's shares the hallmarks of private institutions: an outstanding faculty, talented students, high academic standards, a challenging curriculum, small classes, a sense of community, and a spirit of intellectual inquiry. But as a state institution of higher education, St. Mary's is also committed to the ideals of affordability, accessibility, and diversity. By combining these virtues of public and private education, St. Mary's provides a unique alternative for students and their families.

St. Mary's is named for the place it marks: the 17th-century capital of Maryland. The spectacular waterfront setting is in the heart of the Chesapeake Bay region. The campus is 70 miles southeast of Washington, D.C. and 95 miles south of Baltimore.

Values of the College

  • Creative and intellectual exploration
  • Diversity in all its forms
  • Social responsibility and civic-mindedness
  • Global engagement
  • Environmental stewardship
  • A spirit of community revolving around our students

Things to do

  • Paddle the St. Mary's River from the SMCM docks on college-provided boats
  • Sail with your professors or take a dinghy out on your own
  • Explore the Smithsonian Institution's many world-class museums on weekend trips
  • Visit the Maryland Science Center and Baltimore Inner Harbor
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Past REU at SMCM

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We are not accepting applications for summer 2021.

This site last updated April 14, 2021.

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Contact Us

Please direct all questions to professor Sandy Ganzell.

St. Mary's College
Sandy Ganzell
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
47645 College Drive
St. Mary's City, MD, 20686-3001

Phone: 240-895-4371
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