From 2009 to 2014, Macalester co-hosted a Summer Math REU, along with the
Institute for Mathematics and its Applications. I directed this program from 2012 to 2014. The projects came from applications in Engineering and Computer Science.
In addition to the obvious mathematical reference, the moniker MAXIMA is an amalgam of the
names of the hosting institutions: Macalester (or more familiarly, "Mac") and the IMA.
Each summer, 12-14 undergraduates worked in teams of four on open research problems in
applied mathematics. See the MAXIMA website for more information.
MAXIMA is on hiatus for the time being. The IMA is currently on an NSF funding ramp-down. Once the future direction of the IMA has been set, we will look into rebooting the MAXIMA REU.
Here are some Macalester news stories about MAXIMA REU students.