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.

Important Dates

  • Application Deadline: Feb. 25, 2019
  • Program Dates: May 29-July 31, 2019

Program Highlights

  • Talks by visiting mathematicians
  • Participation in an undergraduate research conference
  • 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 January 2020.


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. 25, 2019
  • Must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States
  • Must be a full-time undergraduate student in 2019–2020
  • Must have completed a proof-based course

The application instructions are available here.

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

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