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Eligible applicants to the eight-week Algorithmic Combinatorics on Words REU are undergraduate students at the sophomore, junior, and senior levels. NSF support through this REU project is open only to undergraduate students who are, at the time of application, U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

Support is intended for highly motivated students whose undergraduate study is in Mathematics and/or Computer Science. The ideal candidate for this project would have taken a wide variety of upper-level mathematics and/or computer science courses including some of the following: Discrete Mathematics, Combinatorics, Algorithms, Theoretical Computer Science, and Programming. A distinguished academic record and indication of research interest or potential are essential.

An application form(.docx) is available online in PDF format.

In addition to the application form, the following items are requested.

  1. A written description of all courses taken in mathematics and computer science. Include current courses as well as courses planned for the upcoming Fall semester. For each course, give a brief description and list the textbook used.
  2. A personal statement of no more than 300 words outlining your interest in the REU program at the University of North Carolina Greensboro.
  3. A second personal statement of no more than 300 words outlining your intended career objectives and education aspirations.
  4. An unofficial copy of your academic transcript.
  5. Two letters of recommendation.

All application materials will have to be submitted via postal mail, fax, or e-mail. Postal mail applications must be postmarked by the application deadline. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all materials are received. An incomplete application will be at a disadvantage in the competition and may not be evaluated.

Student participants will be selected based on merit after a nationwide recruitment from a broad range of colleges and universities. Underrepresented groups including minorities, women, and students with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Inquires concerning the application process should be directed to Dr. Francine Blanchet-Sadri via email,, or telephone, (336) 256-1125. The fax number is (336) 256-0439.

Admission will be competitive and based on motivation, strength of the academic record, and letters of recommendation. Students admitted to this program will be given a stipend. There will also be allowances for travel depending on distance from Greensboro, housing, and participation in a national/international meeting or conference.

This will be an intense program, and students should plan not to engage in other activities during its duration.

All application materials should be returned to the address below or via e-mail to by the deadline.

Dr. Francine Blanchet-Sadri
University of North Carolina Greensboro
167 Petty Building
P.O. Box 26170
Greensboro, NC 27402-6170