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Directed Reading Program

The Directed Reading Program (DRP) gives undergraduates the opportunity to:
  • work one-on-one with a graduate mentor for the semester,
  • learn an area of mathematics not covered in any course, and
  • gain valuable presentation skills.
Undergraduates also register for the 1-credit-hour Math 285.


The DRP pairs undergraduate students with graduate-student mentors for an independent reading course. Undergraduate participants are expected to:
  • meet once per week with the graduate-student mentor,
  • work independently for approximately three hours between meetings, and
  • give a 10- to 15-minute talk on their project at the end of the semester.

DRP Activities - Fall 2021

  • Kick-off event (Sept. 1 at 5:00 pm [mentors] and 5:30 pm [mentees] - at the tables outside of Blocker, second floor)
  • A presentation on "How (not) to give a talk", plus a tutorial on Overleaf and Beamer (Tues. Nov. 2 [around 5:00 pm] - location TBA)
  • Final presentations by undergraduate participants (Tues. Nov. 30 [around 5:00 pm] and Wed. Dec. 1 [around 5:00 pm] - location TBA)
The Fall 2021 participants and their mentors:
  • Steven Danen (mentor: Elise Walker )
  • Spencer Ellis (mentor: Priyanga Ganesan )
  • Vishwam Khapre (mentor: Tanuj Gupta )
  • Megan Novak (mentor: Benjamin Warren )
  • Massaro Ochoa (mentor: Tushar Pandey)
  • Jesse Peterson (mentor: Erik Davis )
  • Austin Pritchett (mentor: Josiah Owens )
  • Jonah Robinson (mentor: Matthew Faust )
  • Mitchell Sisk (mentor: Siddharth Sabharwal )
  • Collin Stafford (mentor: Zhaobidan Feng )

To participate in Spring 2022, see below.

How to participate (undergraduates) - Spring 2022

We encourage applications from any undergraduate who is interested in learning interesting mathematics outside of the classroom.
We warmly welcome applications from first-generation college students, women, and members of underrepresented groups in STEM.

To apply to participate in Spring 2022: Applicants will be notified by Nov. 3, 2021. (Feel free to contact the organizers at any time!)

How to participate (graduate students) - Spring 2022

To be announced (by email)!

DRP Activities - Prior Semesters


The DRP is organized by Jordy Lopez and Angelique Morvant, with faculty mentor Anne Shiu.

Please reach out to any of us with questions!


Project ideas from other DRPs can be found at the websites of the DRP Network, the Maryland DRP, and the University of Texas DRP.


The DRP is supported by the National Science Foundation (CAREER grant DMS-1752672), a Montague-CTE (Center for Teaching Excellence) Scholar grant, and a DRP Network mini-grant supported by the National Science Foundation (grant IUSE-1740143).