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The Jack Byrne Scholars Program: Information for Current Scholars
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Information for Current Scholars

News and happenings

2021 Byrne Prize in Mathematics

We are now accepting applications for the 2021 Byrne Prize in Mathematics. Graduating math majors planning to go to graduate school are eligible.

The John J. Byrne Jr. Prize in Mathematics, established in 2019, is a $35,000 fellowship that recognizes the top Dartmouth graduating mathematics major interested in continuing mathematics at the graduate level. It is expected to cover tuition for the first year of graduate studies in mathematics or a related field.

View the application info and list of past recipients.

Summer Research @ Caltech

The WAVE Fellows program provides support for undergraduate students who are underrepresented in STEM and intent on pursuing a PhD to conduct a 10-week summer research project under the mentorship of Caltech faculty. Research opportunities in biology, neuroscience, chemistry, chemical engineering, engineering and applied science, geology, environmental science, sustainability, astronomy, physics, nanotechnology, quantum sciences, humanities, social science, and more!

Application deadline: January 9, 2021.

Faculty Advisor

Professor Sergi Elizalde

Math Professor Sergi Elizalde is the Byrne Scholars advisor and can provide information on current research opportunities. He is also the House Professor of East Wheelock House.

Updates on using Byrne funds (August 2020)

Due to the COVID‑19 pandemic, Dartmouth-sponsored travel is currently prohibited, which means that we are not able to use Byrne funds (or any Dartmouth funds) to reimburse students for travel expenses. Given this restriction, we have been given permission to use some Byrne funds to pay small stipends to students who work on remote internship/research opportunities that do not require travel.

If you were planning to use Byrne funds for enrichment activities during fall 2020 or winter 2021, we encourage you to look for remote opportunities that allow you to stay in your home base. Even if you do not have travel or lodging expenses, you will still be eligible to receive a stipend from your Byrne enrichment funds. The guidelines are similar to those for any UGAR programs, and the amount will depend on the time commitment of the project. Contact Professor Elizalde if you have any questions.

Resources, support, and communication

As a Byrne Scholar, you may use up to \$5000 per year (up to a total of \$15,000 during your time at Dartmouth) for enrichment activities such as research, internships, or attending conferences. The application form is below under Request Funding.

Archita Harathi ’22 and Maria Roodnitsky ’22 have offered to be mentors for the Class of ’24 Byrne Scholars. Feel free to reach out to them with any questions about the program or about Dartmouth for which you want to hear a student’s perspective.

All scholars are members of the Dartmouth email group which we will use to inform you of news, events, and opportunities.

We hope you join our informal dinners where everyone can meet each other and talk about recent projects. We usually have these once per term. Professor Elizalde has hosted recent dinners at his place near East Wheelock. In addition, you are very welcome to organize other informal Byrne gatherings, whether they involve a mathematical activity or are just social gatherings to get to know each other. Professor Elizalde can assist with coordination and there are budget funds available to cover pizza, snacks, etc.

Finally, you are welcome to use the dedicated study room in Kemeny 121. Kindly be respectful of this space which the department graciously provides.

Undergraduate activities

Dartmouth Math Society, AWM Student Chapter, Dartmouth SIAM, Thayer Prize Exam for first year students, and more!

Research programs and opportunities

Math Department research opportunities

Office of Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate Research projects database

WISP research internships

NSF REUs: search for an REU site

Request funding

Request funding for research activities (pdf)

Request funding for research activities (docx)