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Directed Reading Program

General information

The Directed Reading Program (DRP) pairs undergraduate students with graduate students/junior faculty to undertake independent study projects. It is intended to help motivated students explore topics in more depth than possible in a classroom setting.

Each project is for the duration of one academic semester, which is roughly thirteen weeks. Undergraduates can apply for DRP positions in the beginning of each term and those who are selected will be paired with mentors according to their mathematical interests and availability.

The projects are based around the self-paced reading of a particular book or article with substantial guidance from the mentor, with the specific topic arrived upon by discussion of common interests between the mentor and the mentee.

In 2019-20, the program is organized by: Chris Kapulkin and Apurva Nakade, with invaluable support of Amar Venga of MaCAW.

What's expected of a student?

A student is expected to:

Students will not receive course credits for their projects, which on the bright side means: no exams, no grades.

Benefits for a student

Winter 2020

Applications are now open for the Winter 2020 edition of the program. The application form can be accessed at


The deadline to apply is January 8, 2020 (Wednesday) at 11:59 PM.

The organizers will hold two meetings:

The first mentor/mentee meeting will take place on January 14 (Tuesday), 5:30 PM, in MC 108.

The final presentations have been tentatively scheduled for March 28, 2020 (Saturday). The exact schedule will be posted closer to the date.

Fall 2019

The projects were:

The final presentations took place on November 30, 2019.