REU Opportunities

2021 REU: Patterns, Growth, and Dynamics

Regular patterns form in a wide array of natural and made-made systems, including biological morphogenesis, crystal growth, chemical reactions, and fluid systems. This REU is looking for two enthusiastic students to study how such patterns can be controlled and influenced by spatio-temporal heterogeneities through the mathematical lense of differential equations and dynamical systems theory using both analytical and numerical techniques.

Information about the REU

This eight week REU will run tentatively from June 2nd - July 28th and, if possible, take place on the main campus at Boston University. If this not possible due to travel restrictions or university rules addressing the pandemic, the REU will run virtually.

Eligibility: An applicant must be a US citizens or permanent resident and must not have finished their undergraduate degree by summer 2021.

Qualifications: The successful applicant should have taken at least one introductory course in differential equations. Prior research experience is not required. More advanced courses in differential equations, analysis, and numerical analysis as well as experience coding in MATLAB and Mathematical are helpful but not necessary. Students should be interested in learning and using numerical methods.

Support: Participants will receive a stipend of $4800 and support for housing on the BU campus (if done in person). Domestic travel funding may also be available.

Students from historically underrepresented groups in mathematics are particularly encouraged to apply.

Deadline: Applications received by March 1 will be given full consideration.

Application Students should apply using this google form where they will be asked to provide the following:
  • A CV
  • A list of mathematics courses taken and grades obtained (relevant courses from other fields can also be listed, an official transcript is not needed)
  • A statement of interest in the program
  • Contact info for letter writers
    Students should also arrange for two letters of recommendation to be emailed to
  • Previous REUs I've been involved with


    Collaborators: A. Scheel
    Participants: R. Beekie, D. Matthias, J. Nunley.
    Project: Universal wavenumber selection laws in apical growth
    Phys. Rev. E 94 (2016), 022219. (Preprint )


    Collaborators: M. Holzer, A. Scheel
    Participants: K. Bose, T. Cox, S. Silvestri, P. Varin.
    Project: Invasion fronts and pattern formation in a model of chemotaxis in one and two dimensions. SIURO 6 (2013), 228-24