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Research in Industrial Projects for Students (RIPS) Program 2021 in LA, California.

The application deadline is February 12, 2021, 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.

What will participating in RIPS do for me?

  • 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.


  • Undergraduate students, including current seniors and 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.

  • RIPS students come from many different academic fields, but all share a strong background and interest in mathematics

Application Materials Required:

Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:

  • Resume/CV

  • Transcript(s)

  • Two reference letters (to be submitted online by the reference writers at this site



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