Working in the Lab

The MCL welcomes and encourages all UIC undergraduates with an interest in mathematics to consider applying to a semester research project.

Students working in the MCL are expected to devote 10-20 hours per week to their project in addition to having regular meetings (average twice per week) with their graduate mentor, faculty sponsor, or both. Student participants receive credit for their work in the MCL by registering for Math 496 (independent study) with the faculty sponsor.

Individual projects may specify their own prerequisites or desired mathematical or computing background for student applicants. Students uncertain about whether they qualify are encouraged to contact the faculty sponsor.

To report on their work in the MCL, each project team is required to submit the following items by the end of the semester:

  • poster and accompanying presentation at the end-of-semester MCL open house, and
  • an outcomes summary of one or two paragraphs summarizing the project results to be archived on the MCL web site.

Ready to apply to an MCL project?