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<h1 class="mb-3">Research opportunities and support for undergraduates</h1>
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<h2 class="bodoni-h2 mb-3">Research Opportunities</h2>
<h3>At UVA Math Department</h3>
As of Spring 2018, there is a number of faculty members interested in mentoring undergraduate research:
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<li>{% include person_info_no_phone.html UVA_id="jeb2md" %}<br />
<b>Research area: Topology, algebra, combinatorics</b>
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Background needed: Flexible; General Topology and/or Survey of Algebra needed for some projects
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<i>Availability: Fall 2019</i><br><br />
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<li>{% include person_info_no_phone.html UVA_id="pb9wh" %}<br />
<b>Research area: Topology, geometry, algebra, number theory</b>
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Background needed: Topics are flexible depending on the background
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<i>Availability: Spring 2018</i><br><br />
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<li>{% include person_info_no_phone.html UVA_id="yqd3p" %}<br />
<b>Research area: Analysis, probability</b>
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Background needed: Real Analysis, Probability, Linear Algebra
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<i>Availability: Spring 2018</i><br><br />
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<li>{% include person_info_no_phone.html UVA_id="jf8dc" %}<br />
<b>Research area: Differential equations, Probability</b>
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Background needed: Linear algebra, Differential equations, Probability (for some projects)
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<i>Availability: Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019</i><br><br />
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<li>{% include person_info_no_phone.html UVA_id="brh5c" %}<br />
<b>Research area: Ergodic theory of actions on compact groups by automorphisms</b>
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Background needed: {% include course number=4652 %}, {% include course number=4310 %}, or permission
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<i>Availability: Spring 2018</i><br><br />
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<li>{% include person_info_no_phone.html UVA_id="clh4xd" %}<br />
<b>Research area: Commutative algebra</b>
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Background needed: A basic algebra course on groups and rings, preferably Galois theory
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<i>Availability: Fall 2018 or later</i><br><br />
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<li>{% include person_info_no_phone.html UVA_id="tmk5a" %}<br />
<b>Research area: Group theory, topology</b>
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Background needed: Abstract algebra, preferably some background in topology
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<i>Availability: Spring 2018</i><br><br />
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<li>{% include person_info_no_phone.html UVA_id="vk6e" %}<br />
<b>Research area: Knot theory, topological combinatorics</b>
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Background needed: {% include course number=4750 %}, {% include course number=4720 %}, or {% include course number=4770 %}
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<i>Availability: Spring 2019</i><br><br />
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<li>{% include person_info_no_phone.html UVA_id="sm4cw" %}<br />
<b>Research area: Geometric Topology, Combinatorics, Dynamics</b>
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Background needed: Flexible, preferably Topology and Survey of Algebra
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<i>Availability: Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019</i><br><br />
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<li>{% include person_info_no_phone.html UVA_id="lap5r" %}<br />
<b>Research area: Combinatorial probability</b>
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Background needed: Calculus 3, Complex Variables, Probability, interest in coding
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<i>Availability: Fall 2018, Spring 2019</i><br>
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<li>{% include person_info_no_phone.html UVA_id="khp3k" %}<br />
<b>Research area: History of mathematics</b>
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Background needed: Survey of Modern Algebra or Basic Real Analysis
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<i>Availability: Spring 2018</i><br><br />
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<h3>Outside the Department</h3>
There are opportunities to participate in mathematics research&nbsp;at the undergraduate level. In particular, the AMS has compiled a <a href="http://www.ams.org/employment/reu.html">list of summer REUs</a> (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) that are organized at various institutions throughout the US.
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<h2 class="bodoni-h2 mb-3">Research Support</h2>
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<li><a href="http://www.virginia.edu/cue/research_opportunities.php">Research Opportunities</a></li>
<li><a href="http://www.virginia.edu/cue/research_opportunities.php">Small Research and Travel Grants</a></li>
<li><a href="http://www.virginia.edu/cue/research_opportunities.php">Double Hoo Research Grant</a></li>
<li><a href="http://www.virginia.edu/cue/scholarships.php">Scholarships and Fellowships</a></li>
<li><a href="http://www.virginia.edu/cue/scholarships.php?go=17">Goldwater Scholarship</a></li>
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