Research in Industrial Projects for Students

Posted on January 3rd, 2005 by

The Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM), a national research institute supported by The National Science Foundation, is pleased to announce its 2005 Summer Program, Research in Industrial Projects for Students (“RIPS”).

RIPS is a nine-week, intensive residential research experience for math, engineering, computer science and physical/life science undergraduate students that assigns teams of four students to a project designed by an industrial sponsor. Student participants are selected from an international applicant pool to provide the broadest possible intellectual and cultural experience to the students who participate in our program. Students share offices at IPAM. Industrial sponsors provide important direction to the students about their project. Students also visit the industrial site at least once during the summer. Besides the industrial sponsor, each student team is also assigned a UCLA Faculty Mentor to put students in contact with the latest mathematical techniques relevant to their project. Students have a mid-term and final presentation of their project results that is attended by the industrial sponsors, faculty mentors, and other students. Last year’s project sponsors were: Arete Associates, Inc., The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos National Laboratories, The National Center for Atmospheric Research, BioDiscovery and Pixar Animation Studios. Students who have a sufficient background for the program are usually rising juniors, seniors or are about to graduate. Further information about the program and application procedures is available at


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