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  • 2015 Summer REU

    The University of Wisconsin - La Crosse Mathematics Department is proud to offer a 10-week Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates program in the beautiful city of La Crosse, Wisconsin.

    Our program aims to give students as thorough an interdisciplinary research experience as possible.  These summer scholars will be guided through a very carefully-constructed set of exercises focused on developing the theoretical and computational skills needed to tackle their research questions, with breadth being added as appropriate throughout the summer.  To introduce these scholars to the entire mathematical modeling process, we will provide each research group an ecological field experience, with the data collected during these field experiences used in the development of mathematical models.  We will also provide the students with educational and social activities that create an environment that is conducive to collaboration.

    Each group will meet daily with their research advisors, with increasing independence as the summer progresses.  All students and advisors will meet one hour per week as a large group to share progress.  We expect that the summer projects will result in presentations at a national meeting (e.g. the Joint Mathematics Meetings or the Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting).

    The University of Wisconsin - La Crosse has a national reputation for excellence in fostering undergraduate research, which has led to hosting the 2004 Council on Undergraduate Research conference and the 2009 and 2013 National Conference on Undergraduate Research, as well as the UBM-funded Collaborations on Riverine Ecology (CORE) program (2010-2013).   

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    Contact Info

    Dr. Eric Eager

    Assistant Professor




    Program Dates: June 1, 2015 - August 7, 2015

    Stipend: $5,000 and a $75 weekly food allowance


    Note: Funding is currently under consideration by the National Science Foundation


    2015 Projects



     Who Should Apply

    Related Majors/Areas

    • Mathematics
    • Biology
    • Ecology


    Participation in the UWL REU in Mathematical Ecology is limited to students who meet the following criteria

    • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
    • Current Undergraduate with at least one semester of coursework remaining before obtaining a bachelor's degree
    • Each project has unique prerequisites. See the 2015 Projects section for more details


    Application Materials

    The following materials are to be included in the application

    All application materials should be sent to Dr. Eric Eager at


    Application Timeline

    December 1, 2014 - Application Opens
    February 15, 2015 - Priority Deadline
    March 1, 2015 - Application Deadline
    March 15th, 2015 - Decisions Complete 



    Eric Eager, Assistant Professor (Mathematics)

    Richard Erickson (Biology)

    Gregory Sandland, Assistant Professor (Biology)

    James Peirce, Associate Professor (Mathematics)

    • Campus and department orientation
    • Team-building activities
    • Tour of United States Geological Survey (USGS) facility
    • Bi-weekly Mathematical Biology Seminar
    • Professional Development Panels
    • Continuous social interactions with Dean's Distinguished Fellows at UWL
    • Participation in UWL's College of Science and Health Summer Research Celebration in early August


    • Competitive Stipend
    • Suite-style apartments
    • Travel expenses to and from La Crosse and to and from one national meeting
    • Full access to campus recreation and campus library/computing facilities
    • Wireless internet throughout campus