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2019 Research Experience in Mathematics for Young Scientists

REMYS is a seven week non-residential summer program at Boise State University, designed to provide an environment for talented high school students in Idaho from economically disadvantaged or underrepresented backgrounds to explore the world of mathematics and foster interaction with a larger community of student researchers and scientists. The program is supported by the Mathematical Association of America and the Department of Mathematics at Boise State University.


The application process to the REMYS program for Summer 2019 is now closed. The program welcomes applications from current high school students from across the state of Idaho who have strong interests in mathematics, science, technology, or engineering.  We strongly encourage applications from students who are also members of a group underrepresented in mathematics (e.g. women, African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, or Pacific Islanders). The 2019 REMYS program awarded five fellowships. The fellowship includes a stipend of $870, a total of $192 in funds for meals, a free BSU ID card ($25 value), and a free research poster ($85 value) that the fellows will present at the Idaho Conference on Undergraduate Conference, and other supplies.

  • The program dates are from June 17 to July 31, 2019. REMYS participants will be engaged, under the guidance of research mathematicians, in an open-ended exploratory mathematics project related to cybersecurity. In addition to the research activities, the students will participate in weekly campus wide scientific and social events along with the numerous undergraduate researchers engaged in predominantly STEM based summer research projects on the Boise State University campus. The REMYS cohort’s closest intellectual affiliation and most frequent interaction will be with the undergraduates engaged in the  REU Program in Mathematics. The REMYS fellows will spend around 15 hours/week on campus. The report of the 2018 REMYS program is available here.

    The regular program activities will be supplemented by mathematics lectures by guests of the program. The 2018 REMYS invited speakers are Dr. Edoardo Serra, Boise State University; Anna Nelson, PhD Candidate, The University of Utah and Wendy Lawrence, Former NASA Astronaut. The following is the schedule of invited talks.

    June 25
    10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m. Invited Talk by Edoardo Serra, Boise State University (ILC 401)
    July 16
    10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m. Invited Talk by Anna Nelson, The University of Utah (ILC 401)
    July 18
    6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Invited Talk by Wendy Lawrence, Former NASA  Astronaut (Student Union Building)

    The invited talks are usually scheduled in the Interactive Learning Center (ILC) and Mathematics Building (MB). The Boise State University campus map  is available at the following link.

    The REMYS students will give a poster presentation at ICUR 2019 that will be held at Boise State University during July 30-31, 2019. ICUR is a celebration showcasing the leading edge of undergraduate research in all disciplines.  The mission of ICUR is to promote mentored undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity in Idaho in all disciplines.  dis. The goals of ICUR are to promote the engagement of undergraduate students from multiple disciplines in research, to build an extended scholarly community across institutional boundaries in Idaho and to ensure diversity in institutional representation, disciplines and students’ background. All students from across the state of Idaho involved in research, scholarship or creative activity have an opportunity to present at the conference. The conference includes keynote speakers, poster presentations by students from all academic disciplines, research talks, sessions on how to apply for graduate school, national fellowships, and many networking events. More information about the conference s available HERE.

    We organize a campus-wide summer seminar series. These seminars explore the issues of scientific responsibility, give guidelines oSeminarn how to make a poster, offer practice in developing communication skills and provides an informal structure for networking with other student researchers.  The seminars are organized in partnership with a number of other research programs at  Boise State University with the goal of fostering a greater scholarship community in the Treasure Valley. All students, faculty, staff and partners involved in research during the summer participate in these seminars and workshops. More information about these events is available HERE. The REMYS participants will also have an opportunity to join the REU STEM FORUM, an interdisciplinary seminar where undergraduate researchers from several REU programs on campus, including mathematics and materials science, will present their research.

  • Application Requirements

    The application process for 2019 REMYS is CLOSED.  We strongly encourage applications from students who are also members of a group underrepresented in STEM fields (e.g. women, African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, persons with disabilities).

    Students interested in applying to the REMYS summer program must complete the following:

    • Application Form (completed online)
    • Upload transcript/report card online (unofficial transcript is acceptable)
    • One letter of recommendation from one of your math teachers highlighting your academic abilities, works habits, interests in mathematics, ability to work with others and your benefits from participating in the program. Recommendation letter has to be submitted by the teacher following the link HERE.

    All application materials should be submitted through our online application portal. The link to the application form is available HERE. Reviews of applications will take place on a continuing basis. Selection decisions will take into account teacher recommendations, high school transcripts, and the students’ answers to short essay questions, explaining their interest in the program. The deadline for receiving a complete application was May 01, 2019. If you have any questions regarding your application status, please contact Dr. Liljana Babinkostova at

    Completing the Application Process

    Submitting your Application

    • The online application will require you to include your transcript (report card), description of your academic accomplishments, and a short essay about how will benefit from this program. In the application form you will also need to include the name and contact information of your math teacher who will write a recommendation letter for you. Therefore, you should contact your potential letter writer BEFORE submitting the online application.

    Teacher’s Letter of Recommendation

    • The recommendation letter should be submitted online and has to be submitted by your letter writer (math teacher).
    • The letter writer (math teacher) will be asked to complete a short online form and upload his or her letter of recommendation.
    • In the letter, your letter writer (math teacher) will be asked to assess your academic abilities, accomplishments, motivation, work habits, and your ability to participate in and benefit from research in mathematics.  The selection committee relies heavily on these comments.
    • If you change your letter writer or his/her email address, it is your responsibility to inform the former letter writer that he/she will not be able to submit a recommendation letter.

    Application materials must be submitted in PDF format.  To create a PDF, you will need Adobe Acrobat on your computer or you can use a free online PDF converter.  A trial version of Adobe Acrobat can be found at A free online PDF converter is available at PDF Online. The deadline for receiving a complete application was May 01, 2019.

  • The program provides an array of seminars, workshops and social events.  The events are scheduled in the Micron Business and Economics Building (MBEB) located on the corner of Capitol Blvd. and University Dr. The map of the building is available HERE. The following is the schedule of the 2019 REMYS participation in the campus-wide research community activities. More information about the summer research community at BSU is available HERE.

    Thursday, June 13 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. University Reception and Opening of the Summer Research Activities  (Skaggs Hall, MBEB 1301)
    Thursday, June 20 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Talking Taming of the Shrew from Page to Stage  (Skaggs Hall, MBEB 1301)
    Thursday, June 20 6:00 p.m. – 10:15 p.m. “Taming of the Shrew from Page to Stage” Play, Idaho Shakespeare Festival. Please sign up at RSVP.
    Thursday, June 27 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Ethical Conduct of Research  (Skaggs Hall, MBEB 1301)
    Thursday, July 11 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Communicating Research (Skaggs Hall, MBEB 1301)
    Thursday, July 18 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Ten Talks (Skaggs Hall, MBEB 1301)
    Thursday, July 25 Being the Messenger (Skaggs Hall, MBEB 1301)

  • In the 10 minutes it takes you to read the description of this project, the amount of data being generated by humans will have expanded by more than 10 petabytes, equivalent to about one third of all written works in all languages since the beginning of recorded history. Currently less than a third of the world’s data is properly protected. Data must be protected by making sure that (1) “you really are who you say you are” when you do online shopping or registering for classes, (2) the data is not lost or leaked, and (3) critical confidential data can not be recovered by adversaries. The use of cryptographic techniques is one of the key components in data protection.  However, academic advances on instances of some of the mathematical problems underlying cryptographic security suggest that some current cryptosystems could be undermined in just a decade.

    In the project you will learn about basic cryptographic schemes and how to use various mathematical tools including modular arithmetic. The research project involves a study of existing cryptographic schemes, background research, efforts towards mathematical justifications, and dissemination of findings.

    The 2019 REMYS project is lead jointly by Drs. Liljana Babinkostova and Marion Scheepers, and in collaboration with Jesus Vargas,  graduate student in the Department of Mathematics at Boise State University.

  • The REMYS cohort’s closest intellectual affiliation and most frequent interaction will be with the undergraduates engaged in the NSF REU site COMPLEXITY ACROSS DISCIPLINES (CAD). This program is a nine week summer program in which undergraduate students experience independent research in combinatorics, number theory, algebra, and game theory motivated by applications to search optimization, information security, or genome biology.

    The program aims to immerse undergraduate students of diverse backgrounds in all facets of research in mathematics, and in applications to information security or the life sciences in a culture of close and daily collaboration with faculty.

    The program is supported by the National Science Foundation under grant DMS 1659872 and by Boise State University.


Please contact Dr. Liljana Babinkostova via e-mail at