The Santa Fe Institute is seeking undergraduates for its Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) summer internship program. Apply by February 7, 2014.
The ability to mathematically model complex systems has become a prerequisite to successful science in any field. Writing a simulation is not enough; career scientists today should be able to analyze results, recognize statistical regularities, formulate conjectures, and pursue possible proofs about why these conjectures are true. This hands-on summer program will give you a toolbox for understanding and using mathematical modeling in complex systems and your discipline.
The Santa Fe Institute’s Edward A. Knapp Undergraduate Fellowship uses an integrated approach. The program is transdisciplinary, with problems, methods, and datasets drawn from across science. You will move back and forth freely along a spectrum of methods learning how to:
- Design a mathematical model of a physical, biological or social system
- Identify opportunities to solve this model exactly or approximately
- Code and run simulations of the model
- Analyze your simulations’ running time and memory use to improve their efficiency
- Test results against theoretical predictions and real-world date sets
- Formulate new conjectures based on your results and try to prove or disprove them
If you are looking for a chance to do independent research, we encourage you to apply — especially if you are a highly talented student who attends an institution with limited research opportunities. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.
Your main work will be a small-group research project working with SFI mentors. Prior to your SFI residency you will be encouraged to complete SFI’s MOOC “Introduction to Complexity.” You will also attend part of SFI’s flagship Complex Systems Summer School and attend tutorials on the basics of data analysis, including concepts from computation, linear algebra, and statistics throughout the summer.
- Application deadline is February 7, 2014.
- Participants will be in residence in Santa Fe from June 8 to August 16, 2014.
- Some expenses will be provided.
- Women and minority students are encouraged to apply.