The Valparaiso Experience in Research by Undergraduate Mathematicians

The Valparaiso Experience in Research by Undergraduate Mathematicians (VERUM) provides an opportunity for rising sophomore and junior students to engage in a first research experience in mathematics.  The VERUM program is looking for exceptional students who are looking for a research experience that will help them to decide if graduate studies in the mathematical sciences should be part of their future plans.  Being committed 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.

VERUM 2014 Flyer 


Important Dates

  • Application Deadline: February 24, 2014
  • Program Dates: May 28 - July 30, 2014 

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 accomodations on campus, a $4,500 stipend, and partial travel reimbursement to Valparaiso University for the summer and to the Joint Mathematics Meetings in January, 2015.


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 Millinium Park) located in the loop, is only a
1 1/2 hour train ride.

                                  REU students enjoying dinner in downtown Chicago

Applicant Requirements

  • Application Deadline: February 24, 2014
  • Must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or its possessions
  • Must be a full time undergraduate student in 2014-2015.
  • Must have completed a linear algebra, or another proof based course.
VERUM is supported by the National Science Foundation and Valparaiso University.