Summer Math Research Assistant

May 24 – July 24, 2021


Guam EPSCOR is funded by a 5-year, $20 million grant to the University of Guam from the National Science Foundation. The program aims to develop a Guam Ecosystems Collaboratorium for Corals and Oceans to ensure the sustainability of coral reef ecosystems in the face of environmental change. Guam EPSCoR aims to situate Guam as a premier research and STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education hub bolstering sustainability, economic development, and informed decision-making by engaging commu­nities in 21st-century science.

In addition to its research goals, Guam EPSCoR seeks to increase the number and diversity of students who choose STEM careers by engaging students in its research experience programs. The GECCO Summer Math Research Assistant (SMRA) program aims to give undergraduate Seniors or recent Graduates in STEM fields an opportunity to gain experience as research assistants and near-peer mentors for undergraduate and high school students participating in UOG summer math research programs: GECCO Summer Math Research Experience (SMRE), National Research Experience for Undergraduates Program (NREUP), and Young Scholars Research Experience in Mathematics (YSREM).

Summer Math RAs will be able to work with students across all three summer programs and will gain knowledge about each research area as a result. Ideal candidates will have previous experience as participants in undergraduate research programs in math or other STEM fields.     

Summer Math Research Programs

  • GECCO SMRE: Coral Reef Resilience. Students will study mathematical models of coral reef responses to adverse effects and stressors such as bleaching, disease, low water flow, and high turbidity.
  • NREUP/YSREM: Invasion of the Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle (CRB) on Guam. Students will study the CRB life cycle and the resulting impact on palm trees. Students will use existing ODE models with pathogens to investigate CRB population dynamics and use the ODE models in a game-theoretic framework.
  • NREUP/YSREM:  Population Dynamics of the Mariana Eight-Spot Butterfly and Parasitoid Wasps. Students will learn about this native butterfly and interaction with wasp species that attack its eggs and caterpillars. Students will develop and analyze models to study the evolutionary game theory of butterfly populations.
Math Faculty Mentors: Dr. J. Choi, Dr. H. Oh, and Dr. L. Aquino

Subject Matter Faculty: Dr. B. Bentlage and Dr. L. Raymundo

Program Benefits:

    • Knowledge of research project areas
    • Near-peer mentoring experience
    • Teaching experience
    • Skills in leadership and teamwork
    • Faculty Mentorship
    • Networking with participants in other summer research programs
    • $4500 stipend


    • UOG undergraduate senior or recent graduate majoring in Math, Computer Science, Biology, Engineering, or Chemistry (STEM)
    • Must be a U.S. citizen and/or permanent resident of Guam
    • Able to commit to full nine (9) weeks of the Summer Math RA program from May 24 to July 24, 2021
    • Required: Grade of B or better in MA205: Multivariable Calculus or equivalent
    • Preferred: MA301 Differential Equations, MA341 Linear Algebra, and MA385 Applied Statistics or MA387 Statistics for Science

Preferred Knowledge and Skills 

    • Proficient in using LaTeX and Beamer (or other program) for mathematical text and presentations. 
    • Proficient in MATLAB and/or R


    • Hold technical workshops on LaTeX, MATLAB, R
    • Hold workshops on research ethics, presentation skills
    • Assist students with questions for all three programs
    • Help facilitate program activities, such as field trips and weekly seminars
    • Help facilitate orientation sessions for all three programs

The University of Guam and Research Corporation of the University of Guam are Equal Opportunity Employ­ers that have received NSF funding to broaden the participation of underrepresented students in STEM fields. As such, the SMRA Program remains open to all qualified students, but women, minorities, and students with disabilities are particularly encouraged to apply.

Application Materials

  • Application Form:  Complete Online Application Form linked below.
  • Letter of Reference: From a faculty member or researcher who can attest to your potential to succeed as a Summer Math Research Assistant. Please have them submit a letter to  
  • Personal Statement: 1-2 pages long (at least 250 words, no more than 1000 words). Your personal statement should describe why you wish to participate in this summer research program; what specific research area you are interested in and why; what relevant work or class experiences you have; what are your career objectives; and how participating in GECCO Summer Math RA program will support your academic/career goals. Write your personal statement directly within the Online Application Form, or email as PDF to  

 Applications for SMRA have CLOSED.