Spring 2023 Wrap-Up

The Spring 2023 DRP was a blast.  We paired about 25 undergraduates with mentors, covering a wide variety of topics.  Check out Herman Malik’s presentation on hyperbolic knot theory or Aren Martinian’s write-up on representations of Lie algebras for examples of the sorts of things our students got up to.

Other topics included:

  • The Laplace-Runge-Lenz vector
  • Homology and homotopy
  • De Rham cohomology
  • Sigma-algebras in probability theory
  • A1 Homotopy Theory
  • Folk theorems in game theory

A good time was had by all, and we close out the academic year looking forward to doing it all again in August.  Applications for the Fall 2023 DRP will open just before the beginning of the semester, and will be accessible through this website.

Fall 2021 funding

Unfortunately we weren’t able to secure funding this semester, so we won’t be able to pay for textbooks (like we usually do, every other semester). We’re hoping to secure funding for next semester though, when the relevant funding applications open.

Fall 2020 Applications (and COVID-19 Updates)

Applications for the fall 2020 semester are now open! Please head over to this page of our website to apply. Applications will close on Wednesday, September 2nd, at 11:59pm, so please make sure to get your applications in before then!

Also, we have received some questions about whether the DRP will be running this semester, even with classes being held remotely. We do intend to continue the program as normal, but we expect that students and mentors will meet by Zoom (or some other video calling software). We believe the DRP is a helpful resource for undergraduates to get connected to upper-level mathematics and the people who study it, and this type of connection is perhaps even more important in a time where we aren’t connecting in-person within the department and in our classes.

While having our projects online may introduce extra challenges, we are committed to doing whatever we can to help all our participants have a fun and successful semester. We are currently preparing some guidelines for how to successfully do a DRP project remotely, so check back here for more details later! And if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email us at berkeleymathematicsdrp@gmail.com.

Spring 2020 Application Deadline Extended

Update: We’ve extended the application deadline until Wednesday, February 5, at 11:59pm. We plan to send out project pairings for the semester by Friday, February 7th. This is after the last day to drop a class without a fee, so if you have already applied and now realize your course schedule won’t give you time to commit to the DRP, please let us know by emailing us at berkeleymathematicsdrp@gmail.com. If you aren’t sure whether you’ll have time or not, please see this page of our website (specifically, the “Expectations for undergraduates” section).

We apologize for any inconvenience this change may cause. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to email us!

Fall 2019 Pairings Finished

Applications for the fall 2019 semester are now closed. If you applied but did not receive an email with pairing information, then unfortunately, we were unable to offer you a project this semester. We had many strong applicants and would have liked to offer a project to all of them, but we didn’t have enough mentors to do so. We encourage you to apply again next semester; once you have more classes under your belt, your application will be even stronger!