URSS has become increasingly popular over recent years. Around 15-35 maths undergraduates participate each year, each supervised over about 6-10 weeks in the summer vacation by a member of staff. This includes students who are funded by the department. The (extended) deadline is Sunday 12th January 2020, but you should not leave applications to the last minute. There is one on-line application form and students and supervisors will have to work together to complete the form.
URSS has multiple purposes including enabling undergraduate students to enhance both their research and transferable skills in a wider community, making the experience invaluable for a range of both academic and non-academic careers.
Examples of Projects in Mathematics
These can generally be found by ticking the "mathematics" box on the link below. Details of these projects are included to varying degrees. Note that projects since 2016 are not available:
Affiliated Department Funding and LMS
As in recent years, the department will try to fund good applications (capped at £1,000) by maths students that do not get funded by the University. This also applies to any applications for the LMS scheme (http://www.lms.ac.uk/grants/undergraduate-research-bursaries). Those students funded by the department have to fully engage in the university URSS scheme as a condition of the departmental funding.
- Students should approach staff to supervise a summer project after it is advertised by the University.
- Students who leave it to the last week before the URSS deadline of 12 January are however much more unlikely to be successful in finding a project supervisor.
- All students must apply for a URSS award to be eligible for department funding.
- We strongly encourage applications from female students as part of the Department's commitment to the Athena Swan principles, in particular addressing the under-representation of women at all levels in mathematics.
- All successful URSS applicants (including those who are funded by the department) must fully engage with all elements of the URSS process and experience.
Application Form for Students and Supervisors
The application form for URSS and the student and staff guidance are available from the linked URSS page.
The Application Review Process section in both the staff and student guidance lists the assessment criteria:
1. Personal/Career Impact
3. Research Culture
4. Research Impact
5. Value for money
Please complete the application form carefully with this in mind to maximise the chances of a successful application.
Please note the following:
- If you do not know the exact dates for the project, please put indicative dates for the appropriate length of time.
- A realistic and thorough funding breakdown is required on the form (see below). Amendments cannot be made to a form once it has been submitted.
Funding breakdown required on the application form
The following extract is from the URSS student guidance:
" ....You will have your own URSS Student Guidance 2020 specific needs regarding these living costs. However, at the most basic level, the following
information may help you when working out your funding breakdown:
On campus accommodation (Summer Vacation 2018): £13 - £20 per night = £91-£140 per week. The cost may be increased for 2019
Subsistence (food) suggested spend, based on self-catering all meals): £25-35 per week
Travel: based on West Midlands Day-Saver: 5 ticket scratch card = £19
Total per week- £135 - £194
You can apply for bursary of £1000 maximum in the UK, £1500 if you wish to research abroad, including the Hong Kong University exchange collaboration. You therefore need to consider how this will support your entire living costs. E.g. £1000 over 10 weeks = £100 per week - campus accommodation costs £91 per week minimum, leaving £9 per week. To ensure you can buy food & pay travel costs, you may need to reduce the length of your project. "
Notification of Funding Outcomes
Project supervisors will normally be made aware of the funding outcomes of the URSS scheme (including department funding where applicable) shortly after the outcomes of the URSS scheme have been made available (around the end of the Spring term). Students in receipt of university funding will also be notified directly by the URSS organisers.