PUMP: Preparing Undergraduates through Mentoring towards PhDs

The California State University Alliance for PUMP consists of the following campuses: Channel Islands, Dominguez Hills, Fullerton, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Northridge, Pomona and San Bernardino. The CSU Alliance PUMP Program is funded by the Division of Mathematical Sciences at NSF under the Workforce in the Mathematical Sciences program. 

The CSU Alliance for PUMP hosts two programs:

PUMP Summer Institute. In this program you will:

  • Be immersed in proof-based mathematics for four weeks, seven days per week. Click here to see an example of a Daily Schedule.

  • Receive a $2,000 stipend and free housing

  • Meet with faculty and students from various institutions to learn about PhD programs and research opportunities, like REUs (NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates)

  • Learn how to write mathematical proofs

  • Prepare to take advanced upper-division courses in mathematics

  • Make friends with people who love math as much as you do

  • Have an unforgettable experience that can change your expectations

Participants also receive support travel to an annual conference (most likely the Field of Dreams and become scholars in the Math Alliance.


Field of Dreams Conference 2014

PUMP opens opportunities for research collaborations with travel to present research (See PUMP- Undergraduate Research Groups below).

Here are some comments from students who have attended previous programs:

This program was amazing. I knew I would be learning advanced mathematics, but I ended up learning so much more.”

I had a lot of fun. It reminded me how much I enjoy doing mathematics. It also encouraged me to seriously consider graduate school in math,something I never thought I would consider.”

I feel so much more confident in my future educational goals. This program is just fantastic in giving a dynamic viewpoint on mathematical options.”

I really enjoyed the program and found it to be very beneficial.

I wish I had known about this program a few years earlier in my academic career.”

I felt this program informed me a lot and better prepared me for the analysis class I plan to take this year.

It definitely gave a clear idea on what to expecting Master’s, PhD, or research programs.”

Before entering the program I knew I wanted a PhD, but I had a lot of fear that I would not be capable and was creating so many back-up plans that had nothing to do with what I really had passion for. My mind is set now and I know I will not settle for less than earning a PhD. Thank you for this opportunity.”

In this video Patrick Kwon, a former PUMP participant from CSU Long Beach student describes his experiences in PUMP for the students that were about to start the 2014 program.

Click here to see the 2013 and the 2014 participants and speakers.

PUMP Undergraduate Research Groups: Pairs of juniors or seniors mathematics majors work on research projects under the direction of a faculty member in the CSU Alliance. The grant pays $5,000 for the faculty adviser that can be used for reassigned time or additional pay. Each student receives $3,000 stipend for completion of the project.