We are running the program virtually during the Spring 2021 semester.

General Information:
The Directed Reading Program (DRP) is a new program in the math department that pairs interested undergraduates and graduates students for independent study projects. Selected undergraduates will work with graduate students to read a particular math book or paper over the semester.

Why should you do this program?

  • Gain one-on-one mentoring from a current graduate student.
  • Get to know other students and mentors at (virtual) DRP social events.
  • Learn some cool math outside the standard curriculum.
  • Learn background material for future reading course or research project.
  • Develop a topic for junior paper or senior thesis.

Spring 2021 Program Dates:
Application Deadline: Thursday 28th January by 5pm.
We will start pairing as many undergraduates and graduate students as possible on Friday January 29th. The application will remain open for another week, but students who apply after this deadline will not be given priority.

Students who applied by the deadline should recieve an email by Friday February 5th, and plan to have their first meeting in the next week.
We will be in touch by February 12th to check if you and your mentor have found a mutually agreeable project.

End of the semester symposium will be Tuesday May 4th at 12-2pm: undergraduates will give a short (15 minute) presentation on their project.

Final reports will be due by May 22nd.


If you have any questions, then email us at mathdrp@g.harvard.edu.