Summer Math Research Experience

June 7 – 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 Experience (SMRE) program aims to give qualified undergraduate Sophomore and Junior students interested in STEM an opportunity to participate in research experiences in the mathematical sciences, with applications in the natural sciences.   

Research Area

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.

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:

    • Research Training and Experience
    • Skills in industry-standard software
    • Skills in oral presentations, technical reports, teamwork
    • Faculty Mentorship
    • Networking with participants in other summer research programs
    • $3500 stipend


    • UOG undergraduate 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 seven (7) weeks of the Summer Math RE program from June 7 to July 24, 2021.
    • Required: Grade of B or better in MA203: Calculus I or equivalent.
    • Preferred coursework: MA204: Calculus 2; MA151: Introductory Statistics; CS201 or CS202: Introduction to Programming 1 or 2.

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 SMRE 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.
  • Name and email address of your instructor for Calculus I, or other higher-level math or other relevant college-level course, who will submit a short recommendation on your behalf. Enter information directly in online application form. Please have this instructor email with a brief recommendation. 
  • 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 Guam EPSCoR SMRE program will support your academic/career goals. Write your personal statement directly within the Online Application Form, or email as PDF to  

 Application Deadline Wednesday, May 19, 2021

 Application Deadline Extended to Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Applications for SMRE Position has Closed

*Late Applications may be considered pending availability of positions*