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2016 Research Experience in Mathematics for Young Scientists

REMYS is an eight 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.


We welcome 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 2016 REMYS program will award up to four fellowships. The fellowship includes a stipend of $1,000, a total of $230 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 7 to July 28, 2016. REMYS participants will be engaged, under the guidance of research mathematicians, in an open-ended exploratory mathematics project related to cyber security. 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 16 hours/week on campus.

    The regular program activities will be supplemented by mathematics lectures by guests of the program. The 2016 guest lectures will be given by Dr. Lawrence Washington, University of Maryland at College Park, Dr. Lola Thompson, Oberlin College, Grady Wright, Boise State University,  and Helen Wauck, PhD student at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The following is the schedule of invited talks. The talks are scheduled in the Interactive Learning Center (ILC) and Mathematics Building (MB). The Boise State University campus map  is available at the following link.

    • June8, 10:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m. in ILC 302
      Invited Talk by Dr. Grady Wright, Department of Mathematics, Boise State University.
    • June 14, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in MB 124
      Invited Talk by Helen Wauck, PhD Student at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
    • June 28, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in MB 124
      Invited Talk by Dr. Lola Thompson, Department of Mathematics, Oberlin College
    • July 12, 10:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m. in ILC 404
      Invited Talk by Dr. Lawrence Washington, Department of Mathematics, University of Maryland – College Park.

    The REMYS students will give a poster presentation at ICUR 2016 that will be held at Boise State University during July 27-28, 2016. 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 disJMM_REU2013ciplines. 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, computer science, raptor research and materials science, will present their research.

  • Application Requirements

    The application deadline is May 1, 2016. Students interested in applying to the REMYS summer program must submit the following materials:

    • Application Form
    • Transcript/Report Card (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.

    All application materials should be submitted through our online application portal. Selection decisions will be based on teacher recommendations, high school transcripts, and the students’ answers to short essay questions, explaining their interest in the program. Notifications of application status will be sent by email by the third week of May. 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.

    Letter of Recommendation

    • The recommendation letter should be submitted online and has to be submitted by your letter writer (math teacher). The submission link is available HERE.
    • 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 printable version of  the schedule for the REMYS 2016 seminars, workshops and social events is available HERE.  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.

    Date Seminar/Event
    Thursday, June 2 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. University Reception and Opening of the Summer Research Activities with Gordon Jones, Dean of the College of Innovation and Design, Tony Roark, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Amy Moll, Dean of the College of Engineering (Skaggs Hall, MBEB 1301)
    Thursday, June 2 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Undergraduate Research Welcoming Picnic (Ann Morrison Park).
    Thursday, June 9 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Thinking Outside the Box (Skaggs Hall/ MBEB 1301)
    Thursday, June 16 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Ethical Conduct of Research with Drs Mary Pritchard and Don Warner  (Skaggs Hall, MBEB 1301)
    Thursday, June 23 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Shakespeare with Gwyn Hervochon, Albertson’s Library (Skaggs Hall MBEB 1301)
    Thursday, June 23 Love’s Labor’s Lost” Play, Idaho Shakespeare Festival.
    Please sign up at RSVP.
    Thursday, June 30 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Ten Talks with Kelly Schutt (student), Drs. Kurtis Cantley, Leslie Durham, Michael Callahan, Jodi Brandt , and Garrett McBrayer (Skaggs Hall, MBEB 1301)
    Thursday, July 7 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Condensed Science: Tips for Presenting Research to a Public Audience with Dr. Henry Charlier, Department of Chemistry (Skaggs Hall, MBEB 1301)
    Thursday, July 14 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Becoming the Messenger with Dr. Julianne Wenner (Skaggs Hall, MBEB 1301)
    Thursday, July 21 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Being the Messenger with Sarah Anderson and Roxanne Stone (Skaggs Hall, MBEB 1301)
    Thursday, July 21 A taste of Basque Culture – Dinner at the Basque Center.
    Please sign up at RSVP.

  • 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 elliptic curves, basic cryptographic schemas and how to use various mathematical tools including modular arithmetic. The research project involves an exploration of existing as well as newly generated data for patterns, formulation of mathematical conjectures based on the data, background research, efforts towards mathematical justifications, and dissemination of findings.

    The project is lead jointly by Drs. Liljana Babinkostova and Marion Scheepers, and in collaboration with Spencer Nelson,  graduate student in the Department of Mathematics and Robin Betcher, mathematics teacher at the Treasure Valley Math and Science Center.

  • 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 1359425 and by Boise State University.


Please contact Dr. Liljana Babinkostova via e-mail at