UCI Mathematics Directed Reading Program

The Directed Reading Program at UCI was founded in Spring 2020 by Kelly Isham. The current organizers are Adam Marks and Dani Reagan.

The Directed Reading Program pairs undergraduate students with graduate student mentors to participate in a reading course. The goal of the program is to give undergraduate students the opportunity to learn interesting math and to build skills such as communication, reading math, and critical thinking. We encourage students from underrepresented groups to apply.

This program runs every quarter. The graduate student mentors choose a topic in math that is typically not covered in the undergraduate curriculum and they design a 10 week course for 1-2 undergraduate students. The undergraduate students are expected to meet with their mentor once per week and spend about 4 hours reading and completing assignments each week. Each undergraduate participant will write a short midterm reflection about their experience in the course and give a short presentation at the end of the quarter. Students can enroll for 2 or 4 credits. The main difference between these options is that enrolling for 4 credits will include a final paper.

Applications are closed for the Winter 2022 quarter. Please check back near the end of Winter quarter for information about the Spring 2022 quarter.

We expect to receive more applications than we can accept. If you are not accepted, we encourage you to apply in future quarters. Please note that we give priority to students who have not had the opportunity to participate in a reading group or summer research program.