The Valparaiso Experience in Research by Undergraduate Mathematicians (VERUM) provides an opportunity for rising college sophomores and juniors to engage in their first research experience in mathematics. The VERUM program is looking for exceptional students who want to explore mathematical research to help them decide whether to pursue graduate study in the mathematical sciences. A commitment to graduate study is not a prerequisite for this program, but rather a desired outcome. First-generation college students, minority students, and women are particularly encouraged to apply.


There will not be a VERUM Program in Summer 2016. VERUM will resume in summer 2017.  Deadlines and updated 2017 projects will be posted in Fall 2016.

Important Dates (pending funding)

  • Application Deadline: Feb. 22, 2016 
  • Program Dates: May 25-July 27, 2016

Program Highlights

  • Talks by visiting mathematicians
  • Participation in two undergraduate research conferences
  • Participation in the Joint Mathematics Meetings
  • Visits to graduate schools
  • Trips to Chicago and the Indiana Dunes Lakeshore


Each participant will be provided with residence hall accommodations on campus, a $4,500 stipend, and partial travel reimbursement to Valparaiso University for the summer and to the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Jan. 2017.


Valparaiso University is located 20 minutes south of Indiana Dunes National Park, which rests on the edge of Lake Michigan. Chicago’s Randolph Street Station, (right next to Millennium Park) located in the loop, is only a short train ride away.

Applicant Requirements

  • Application Deadline:Feb. 22, 2016 (pending funding)
  • Must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States
  • Must be a full-time undergraduate student in 2016-2017
  • Must have completed a linear algebra, or another proof-based course

VERUM is supported by the National Science Foundation and Valparaiso University.

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Contact Information

All comments and questions can be directed to Alex Capaldi at 219.464.5196.