PURE Math Program


General Information

    The Pacific Undergraduate Research Experience in Mathematics (PURE Math) is a mathematics summer enrichment, mentoring and research program consisting of two components.

       1. The eight-week Residents program is a research program in which 12 advanced undergraduate Mathematics Majors (typically rising seniors) work on a project with a research advisor recognized for their work with undergraduates.

        2. The five-week Interns program is a pre-research program in which 12 budding undergraduate STEM Majors (typically rising juniors) are immersed in one or two advanced mathematical topics not usually part of the standard mathematics curriculum.

    This infrastructure of research and atmosphere of mathematical collaboration between undergraduates and faculty is the first established in the Pacific, adding to the burgeoning scientific communities in the state of Hawai`i. PURE Math Residents and Interns will receive intense mentoring and encouragement to pursue other academic opportunities, including REUs, internships, and graduate school. Furthermore, those selected will be exposed to the vibrant historical culture and scientific splendor of the Hawai`ian Islands.

    PURE Math applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents. Each selected participant will be provided with campus housing and a meal plan for the duration of the program, as well as reimbursement for air travel to and from the city of Hilo. All participants will attend weekly talks given by mathematical researchers, learn professional development skills not typically part of a standard undergraduate curriculum and present results of their research in an end-of-program symposium.


    PURE Math is part of the Mentoring through Critical Transition Points (MCTP) program, with funding generously provided by the NSA and the Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS) at the National Science Foundation. NSF Proposals DMS - 1045147 and DMS - 1045082.