Information for Current ARTU Students

  • Effort:
    Students are expected to comply with the requirements of the Washington University Office of Undergraduate Research. In particular, students receive financial support only during the two summer research months. Following department and grant regulations, during the summer research months a 100% effort from the student is expected. Be sure you can commit to this. You may contact ARTU Manager Shar Weber if you have a question.
  • Residency:
    Students and Faculty must be in residence in St Louis during the summer research months (there are restrictions on which months). Long distance supervision is not allowed. Student absences of 2 or more consecutive working days require written approval by both the Faculty Supervisor and the Executive Committee and under normal circumstances must be requested in advance. Faculty absences must be notified to the Executive Committee by sending an e-mail to Ronald Freiwald.
  • Timeline:
    Minimum participation time is 1 semester and 1 summer. The expectation is that most students will want to continue significantly longer.
  • Reports & Presentations:
    Students will write progress reports approximately every 4 months.
    After their first summer of funding, ARTU students are also expected to do oral or poster presentations every four months. These students are expected to present their work at the Spring Undergraduate Research Symposium through the office of Undergraduate Research.

    Student presentations at undergraduate research meetings on campus or at the state or national level are encouraged (e.g., MAA meetings). Faculty supervisors can inform students of these possibilities.
    Faculty must submit a brief evaluation of the student progress (3 or 4 paragraphs) every 4 months.
  • Research Output:
    Participation in ARTU could potentially lead to a stronger Senior Thesis in Mathematics, or to a publication in a refereed journal (undergraduate or research journal). While this is not mandatory and such an output is not easy to predict in advance, we ask that ARTU students and ARTU faculty work with this goal in mind.
  • Final Reports:
    A final report must be submitted by students at the end of the participation in ARTU. This report should be mathematically detailed, and as self contained as possible. This report is in addition to research publications or theses which may have resulted from participation in ARTU. Students should get advice from their faculty advisor on how to write the final report.

    Faculty must submit a 1 page report evaluating the student progress and results.

    ARTU awards Distinctions to the best students, which come with a monetary award of $250. These final reports are looked at particularly carefully by the Executive Committee when making decisions, so be sure you do a good job.

  • Acknowledgments:
    The grant above must be acknowledged in written publications and reports which result from ARTU participation and must include the following text: "This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under agreement No. DMS-1055897. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation."