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Research in Industrial Projects for Students (RIPS) 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Funded)

JUNE 22 - AUGUST 21, 2020

Deadline is February 12, 2020 at 8:59 PM (Pacific Time).

The Research in Industrial Projects for Students (RIPS) Program provides an opportunity for talented undergraduates studying math, computer science, and related disciplines to work in teams on real-world research projects proposed by sponsors from industry or the public sector. The student team, with support from their academic mentor and industry mentor, will research the problem and present their results, both orally and in writing, at the end of the program.

The REU program is nine weeks. IPAM provides each undergraduate student with a travel allowance and a stipend of $3,500. Housing and most meals are also included.

RIPS-LA students will live in residence halls on the UCLA campus and will work at IPAM. We expect to have nine projects. The project sponsors are announced in March. Projects vary, but all involve some math, statistics, data, and computing.

International students are eligible to apply for RIPS-LA, as are graduating seniors. You must be at least 18 years of age to participate in the program.

What support do participants receive?

Travel (airfare or mileage reimbursement) to IPAM is covered, subject to certain rules and limits. Housing in the dorms is included. Most meals are covered as well. In addition, participants receive a stipend of $3500.

Who should consider applying to RIPS?

RIPS is a program for students who are enrolled in or have just completed an undergraduate (bachelors) degree. Students with a strong background in mathematics and an interest in seeing how mathematics is used in the real world are encouraged to apply. Most of the projects have a significant computational component, so that proficiency (or at least some experience) in computer science, data analysis or numerical computation is valuable, but not necessary for everyone. Competition is high for the limited slots available. International students are eligible to apply for RIPS-LA.

What will participating in RIPS do for you?

  • First, in contrast to most summer research experiences that focus on an academic problem where students work closely with an academic mentor, RIPS students apply their mathematics knowledge to a real-world industrial problem, with an emphasis on problem-solving using whatever methods are appropriate. In this way, RIPS is a cross between an REU and an internship.

  • Second, RIPS students work on teams, with one student serving as a project manager. For many students, this is their first experience working in a team environment.

  • Third, RIPS provides students with an opportunity to explore careers in mathematics, science and technology. They learn about the company that is sponsoring their project through interaction with their industrial mentor, and about the other industry sponsors through discussions with other RIPS students about their projects. Fourth, RIPS students learn report writing and public presentation skills that will be invaluable to them as they continue with an academic or professional career in an industrial setting. These skills, combined with real-world research experience, give students an edge in the job market.


To apply for RIPS, follow the instructions on www.mathprograms.org/db/login/ja.

The RIPS program can be located in the programs list. Programs are listed alphabetically. Scroll down until you see “University of California, Los Angeles, Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics.” It may be on page two of the programs list.

Make sure to check the box for Los Angeles near the end of the application. The application deadline is February 12, 2020, at 8:59 PM (Pacific Time).



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