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Engaging in mathematical research can be a fun, intense, and rewarding experience. It is also an excellent means to reach beyond your coursework and "do mathematics."
Undergraduate students at Michigan have a variety of research options. For example, students who participate in the Department's REU program work on questions at the frontier of modern mathematics, and the Inquiry Based Learning course Explorations in Mathematics (MATH 389) provides students with a gentle introduction to mathematical research. The Laboratory of Geometry at Michigan, LOG(M), is a group of undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty in mathematics working to explore and share some research topics in geometry. The Directed Reading Program is designed to help motivated undergraduate students explore mathematical topics under the direction of a graduate student mentor. Students can also learn about directed research through Undergraduate-Level Independent Study Courses.
Additionally, the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) creates research partnerships between undergraduate students and University of Michigan researchers. All schools and colleges are active participants in UROP, which provides a wealth of interesting research topics for program participants.