Undergraduate Research

Research in mathematics and its allies takes a variety of forms: from the most abstract algebraic geometry to the most concrete problems in finance and everything in between. Accordingly, there are many ways to get involved in mathematical research. In general, as an underclassman, the best way to do so is to participate in an REU or other research program during the summer. After that, in your junior and senior years, Princeton provides a natural avenue to research: the junior papers (JP), one per semester during your junior year and, of course, the senior thesis, a year-long project undertaken in your final year. Depending on your background and level of interest in research, however, you might want to consider looking for research opportunities during the year, even in your first two years.

Getting Started [Show]

Seminars, Lectures, and Colloquia [Show]

Junior Seminars [Show]

What Type of Project is a Senior Thesis (or Junior Paper)? [Show]

Finding an Adviser [Show]

Finding a Project [Show]

Advice on the Research Process [Show]

Other Useful Resources

Terence Tao on time management

Ravi Vakil’s advice for graduate students (some of which is applicable to undergraduates)


Many thanks to John Pardon ’11 and Max Rabinovich ’13 for contributing this article.


Talk to any upperclassman, but, in particular:
Max Rabinovich ’13 (mrabinov@)

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