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ARTU AT A GLANCE
- Board of Trustees
The program vision and key decisions are taken by the board of trustees.
The BOARD OF TRUSTEES will be announced shortly.
- Current ARTU Membership
What is ARTU?ARTU stands for Advanced Research Training for Undergraduates. It is a research program directed to undergraduate students at Washington University in St Louis who have a proven record of strong mathematical skills and who are motivated to carry out research in areas with substantial mathematical content. ARTU, which has been running since mid 2012, is funded by the United States National Science Foundation via NSF Faculty CAREER Award No. DMS-1055897.
ARTU Opening Speech:
The 5 minute speech outlines the characteristics of ARTU and long term vision. It took place at the first ARTU meeting on October 25, 2013. It is HERE.
ARTU Research Scholars and ARTU Research Assistants:
ARTU offers two competitive positions:
ARTU RESEARCH SCHOLAR positions are ARTU's most prestigious positions and enroll the very brightest Washington University students. These students have a distinguished research record in advanced mathematics, and have shown the greatest potential to become leading figures in their fields of study. ARTU Research Scholars have often been the recipient of University and nationwide prestigious scholarships and prizes (such as the Compton Scholar Program and the Goldwater Fellowship), have performed well in nationwide mathematics competitions (such as the Putnam), and are generally recognized by the mathematics faculty to be extremely promising.
ARTU also runs a very competitive affiliated program, ARTU RESEARCH ASSISTANT positions. These research positions are awarded to students whose mathematics background and experience is less extensive (than that of those awarded Research Scholar positions), but who have previous research experience in other disciplines and whose performance in such research is deemed by the committee as very impressive. The academic records of ARTU Research Assistants are of the highest level. ARTU Research Assistants exhibit strong promise for research in mathematics.
The application process is the same for both Research Scholar and Research Assistant positions. Both are subject to the same requirements. Research Scholar positions are financially more generous by a small margin.
Current Membership in ARTU:
ARTU students are the focus of the program. The program is overseen by an Executive Committee, and employs Washington University mathematics professors in a variety of research supervision and administrative roles, and a manager who handles the financial aspects of the program. The Scientific Advisor of the program is Barbara Schaal, Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences. The Executive Committee is in charge of selecting new ARTU students.
Who is eligible?
Sophomores and Juniors at Washington University in St Louis. Exceptionally strong freshmen will also be considered. The program does not enroll students from other institutions. It is a small and selective program, with an enrollment of usually no more than four to five students per academic year.
To introduce and train bright undergraduate students to do research in mathematics, and in closely related disciplines.
Students in the program are supervised on projects over a period of several semesters and at least 2 summer months, by faculty members at Washington University. Most students will continue and complete a senior thesis. ARTU faculty members are leading researchers in their respective fields.
Faculty and Student Match:
The Executive Committee matches student and faculty on the basis of the student's research interests. Students may also suggest a faculty mentor. Mentors need to be approved in advance by the ARTU Executive Committee.
Some ARTU students may be planning to pursue graduate research in pure or applied mathematics (or in subjects closely related such as physics, computer science, or engineering); however this is not a requirement. Participation in the program gives students an early exposure to research and can aid them in identifying whether research could be a career path for them.
Currently the program is able to offer financial support to students, and to faculty supervisors, comparable to those offered by REU Programs during the summer research months of 2013 and 2014 (there are restrictions on which months). As of Summer 2013, the program funds ARTU Research Scholars with approximately a total stipend of $3,600 for two months, and ARTU Research Assistants with approximately a total stipend of $3,200 for two months.
Keep in Mind:
The program is an extra curricular activity from which you can derive great benefit: new skills, new knowledge, a close relationship with faculty who are leading researchers. You may also have a stronger Senior Thesis or refereed publications. All of these can give you an edge in graduate school or professional applications. This will come with a cost in time and effort. In addition to your summer research, you will have extra work during the school year. It should be fun, but be prepared to go the extra mile!
At the end of your involvement in ARTU, you will receive a certificate stating your participation and how long you participated.
The certificate will state the capacity in which you participated (either as a Research Scholar or as a Research Assistant) the name of the your faculty mentor, and will be countersigned by the Executive Director, the Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences, and ARTU's Executive Committee.
At the discretion of the Executive Committee, in consultation with your faculty mentor, you may also receive an ARTU Distinction, indicating performance of the highest caliber. Students graduating from ARTU with Distinction receive a $250 monetary award. Distinctions are awarded competitively to at most half of ARTU students.
Are you interested in applying to ARTU?
Click APPLICATION PAGE for information on the selection process and application materials needed. Consider applying, it is easy !
Are you a current ARTU Student?
Click CURRENT STUDENT PAGE for useful information on your duties: you will need to carry out your research in St Louis, you will write reports on what you have accomplished, and present your contributions in public presentations.
Are you looking for ARTU Schedule?
Click DEADLINE PAGE for deadline information and future events. Be sure to attend the upcoming meetings and if you are an ARTU student, to submit your reports on time. This page is updated regularly.
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The content of this page was updated on the advice of the ARTU Executive Committee in November 2013