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(AM)^2 Summer Program 2021  


The (AM)^2 REU at ASU and Scottsdale Community College

The goal of the (AM)^2 – Arizona State University/Maricopa County Community College District Applied Math REU program is aimed at providing summer research experiences to undergraduate students who would not otherwise participate in practical, cutting-edge research in applied mathematics and computational modeling. This REU site is funded by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense.

We are currently recruiting students for summer 2021, from

  • Maricopa County Community College District (May 17 – 28,  June 1 – July 23, for 10 weeks)
  • Other 4-year institutions (June 1 – July 23, for 8 weeks)

Students from Maricopa County Community College District will receive 2-week, half-time (20 hours/week) high-quality instruction on dynamical systems, differential equations and numerical methods at Scottsdale Community College. All students will participate in the 8-week, full-time (40 hours/week) research experience at Arizona State University.

Please note: (AM)^2 is a research experience for undergraduates (REU); it is not an internship, and students will NOT earn college credit for participation.

Types of projects and the research environment

(AM)^2 offers several types of projects in areas of scientific interest and expertise of the mentoring faculty, with the rigor of graduate level research. The general areas include weather and climate forecasting and environmental fluid dynamics; the mathematics of imaging; mathematical models of biological processes, including brain tumors, cellular transport, and cell networks; stochastic processes and mathematical finance; and the dynamics of networks. Several types of projects are planned. Projects will vary by year.

Students work in collaborative teams on a topic of their choice from the general areas above. They will receive support from fellow students, mentoring faculty and other participating graduate students. By the end of summer, students will complete a high-quality technical report and present their research findings to an audience of their peers and colleagues. They are also encouraged to continue and present at national conferences or publish at peer-reviewed journals.


The ASU period of the project provides up to $4,000 US dollars in stipends plus food subsistence. Students from outside of the Maricopa county will also be provided housing and receive travel compensation (up to $500 US dollars) to Tempe, Arizona. Accepted students will be notified on a rolling basis until all positions filled or by March 29, 2021.

MCCCD students who participate in both the 2-week course at Scottsdale Community College and at the ASU research experience will receive an additional stipend of up to $500 US dollars.


To be eligible to apply for the program, you must:

  • be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident (international students may apply but will be considered only if they have their own funding)
  • be a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) major or (for MCCCD students) have an intention to become a STEM major
  • have a GPA and major GPA of at least 3.25.

You should also have completed the following courses (or their equivalents) before the summer in which you want to participate:

  • For MCCCD students: Calculus II and/or Calculus III and/or Differential Equations
  • Other students: Calculus II/III, Differential Equations, Linear Algebra

Women, minority, and first-generation college students are encouraged to apply. Simply create an account, then complete and submit the (AM)^2 application form through NSFETAP.org.

Selection process

Approximately 15 students are selected each year (10 from MCCCD). The selection is based on

  • academic achievement
  • contact information for two references, who will be contacted by email requesting that they complete a reference form through the NSFREU system (from math or science course instructors or advisors)
  • a personal statement (3-5 paragraphs) describing your academic and career goals and how the REU program will help you achieve these goals
  • current unofficial transcript from your institution

Application deadline

  • All application materials must be submitted by March 4, 2021.
  • Late materials will only be considered if there is vacancy. 
  • Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Faculty mentors

These faculty are available as mentors during the (AM)^2 summer program:

Wenbo Tang

Eric Kostelich

Malena Espanol

Abba Gumel

Dieter Armbruster

Sebastien Motsch

Rosie Renaut

Alex Mahalov

Yang Kuang

Fabio Milner

Mohamed Moustaoui

Rodrigo Platte

Matthias Kawski

Faculty contacts

If you have any questions regarding the application process, contact:

Wenbo Tang 480-965-1476 Wenbo.Tang@asu.edu

Aaron Jesse 480-423-6162 aaron.jesse@scottsdalecc.edu


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