Clemson University will host an REU in coding theory, cryptography, and number theory beginning in the summer of 2017. This will expand upon the REU that ran between 2002 and 2010 (REU in Combinatorics, Computational Algebraic Geometry, and Number Theory). Up to nine undergraduate students will participate each summer. While we welcome all applications, we will reserve a significant portion of the openings for students that have not previously taken part in an REU.  Female and minority students are especially encouraged to apply.

During the first week of the REU, faculty will present research problems to participants and participants will then split into small groups. Each group will focus on one problem. In the first few weeks, faculty, postdocs, and graduate students will give morning talks on background material. In the afternoons, participants will work on their projects. Every week, the groups will update the entire REU on what they learned, what they proved, and what issues and difficulties they faced. Such updates will help keep the groups on task and focused. Each participant will give a thirty-minute board talk and a twenty-minute beamer presentation on a topic of their choice during the REU. This will help participants prepare for speaking on their research at conferences as well as back at their home institutions.  We will hold panels on ethics in mathematics research, on choosing a graduate school, and on how to succeed in graduate school. Each year we will host four external speakers. Participants and their graduate student mentors will have an opportunity to meet and connect with the visitors.  It is likely that many projects will have a computational component. We will encourage participants to use SAGE so that code they generate can be made publicly available and reproduced.


Funding is restricted to US citizens or permanent residents.  Students will receive a stipend of $4,000, travel reimbursement up to $500, a stipend of $800 for subsistence, and shared accommodations.  Additional funds for students to travel and present their results will also be made available after the REU.


Please visit this Mathjobs application page.

2022 REU faculty:

Shuhong Gao

2022 Dates:

May 23 – July 15, 2022

Application Deadline:

February 15, 2022

2022 Participants and their home institution:


2022 Potential REU problems:

  • Cryptography 
    Mentor: Shuhong Gao

Past REUs