Student Research Options

There are several ways students can become involved in research while still an undergraduate at Duke.


Data+ is a nine-week summer research experience open to Duke undergraduates of all majors who are interested in exploring new data-driven approaches to interdisciplinary challenges. Students join small project teams, working alongside other teams in a communal environment. They learn how to marshal, analyze, and visualize data while gaining broad exposure to the modern world of data science.


DOmath (Duke Opportunities in Mathematics) is a new summer research program in mathematics at Duke, starting in summer 2017. It is an eight-week summer program open to all Duke undergraduates. DOmath is a program for collaborative student research in all areas of mathematics. The program consists of groups of 2-3 undergraduate students working together on a single project. Each team will be led by a faculty mentor assisted by a graduate student.

PRUV Fellow Program

PRUV provides financial support for summer research with a faculty sponsor in the Duke Mathematics Department. Students receive a stipend and live on campus with other students in the program. After the program, students can continue their work as a senior research project to earn Graduation with Distinction.

Independent Study

There are opportunities to do research with faculty members for course credit during the year. Examples include seminars MATH 476S on Mathematical Models or MATH 493 on topics that have recently included Mathematical Models of Panting Frequency, Wavelets, and Random Matrices. Independent Study projects can also be used to earn Graduation with Distinction.

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

Students are encouraged to participate in the many summer REU programs held at a variety of schools around the country.

Student Research in the News

Jonathan Gao will write his senior thesis on the economics of mergers.
Durham, NC - Are you blaming those rising prices for airplane tickets on the mergers in the industry? Senior Jonathan Gao says you might be right but the economics of the ticket price isn't that straightforward. The economics and math major from Ellicott, Md., studies a field of economics called... read more »

Hunter Nisonoff
Durham, NC - When he wasn't boxing at a local gym in Durham and playing intramural soccer, senior Hunter Nisonoff spent his summer researching potential HIV vaccines in Bruce Donald’s lab. Nisonoff, a math major and global health and chemistry minor from Emerson, N.J., is working on two projects:... read more »

Anne Talkington with the MAMS function
Anne Talkington, an undergraduate Mathematics student under the auspices of Richard Durrett, attempts to gain a quantitative grasp on cancer through mathematical modeling. Historically, tumor growth has only been measured in vitro (in a laboratory... read more »

Rowena Gan ('15)
Rowena Gan ('15) combined music and math for her Graduation with Distinction project. Rowena studied piano at Duke with David Heid. She majored in math, and earned a minor in music.   read more »

Math and computer science student Will Victor is spending his summer immersed in Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity and learning to conduct mathematics research. Victor, from Aiken, South Carolina, is working with math and physics Professor Hubert Bray... read more »

Paul Ziquan Yang is using mathematical techniques to eliminate errors in computer hardware. Over the summer, the rising junior math major worked with Robert Calderbank, Charles S. Sydnor professor of computer science, as part of the PRUV Fellowship program, a six-... read more »