Student Research Options

There are several ways students can become involved in research while still an undergraduate at Duke.  After these programs, students can continue their research as a senior research project to earn Graduation with Distinction.

DOmath

DOmath (Duke Opportunities in Mathematics) is an eight-week summer research program in mathematics, 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 project will be led by a faculty mentor assisted by a graduate student.

PRUV Fellow Program

PRUV provides financial support for six weeks of summer research with a faculty mentor in the Duke Mathematics Department. PRUV fellows, usually in the summer after their junior year, receive a stipend and live on campus with other students in the program.

Data+

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.

Seminar Courses

We offer seminar courses that offer the opportunity to begin a research project within a small class setting and earn course credit.  These include Math 305S Number Theory, Math 323S Geometry, Math 361S Mathematical Numerical Analysys, Math 451S Nonlinear Ordinary Differential Equations, and Math 476S Mathematical Modeling.

Independent Study

Students can pursue a research project with a faculty mentor and earn course credit in a Research Independent Study.  Often such an independent study continues research begun in one of the above programs.  Examples of recent projects include "Neural Coding in the Barn Owl", "Higher Genus Modular Forms", "Computing and Kidneys", "Yang-Mills flow on 4-manifolds", "Image Processing for Art Investigation", and "Random Unitary Transformations"..

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 »


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