## You think you may like research in math?

Here are some ways to explore research in math as an
undergrad.

There are several opportunities to explore research in pure math as an undergraduate at FSU. One
is to do an independent study with a faculty member.
This is a private reading course in
which you usually explore a specific topic in depth during a semester. Information about undergraduate
research can be found through the office of undergraduate research.
First and second year students can apply for the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), the deadline is
usually in August before your second year.
In your final year, you
may be eligible to participate in the honors in the major program
at FSU.
This consists of 2-3 semesters of work culminating in an honors thesis
project.

You may also wish to consider taking graduate courses, or enrolling in the
Combined Bachelor's/Master's
Degree Program in Mathematics.

Many colleges and universities have summer REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) programs
in which you get a stipend to participate in a research project with other students under the
direction of a faculty member. Applications for these programs are often due in January and
February. The NSF funded programs are listed
here, and
the AMS has a list
here.
Some other pages
can be found by searching for 'REU math'.

In addition, there are several math specific study abroad programs, where you can spend a semester
or a year in in-depth study with other interested students from across the globe.
Math in Moscow and the
Budapest Semesters in Mathematics are two
such well-known programs.

If you're interested
in applying to graduate school, many programs require the general and
subject GRE tests. You will also need to write a statement of purpose and obtain recommendation
letters from 3-4 professors. I recommend talking to a faculty member to compose a short list of
schools to apply to.
You can find some advice
here,
here and
here.

Please let me know of any omissions or errors in the above.