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The Directed Reading Program (DRP) pairs undergraduate students with graduate student mentors for semester-long independent study projects. It is an opportunity for motivated students to get one-on-one mentorship as they learn about a math topic of their interest but is out of the scope of the courses offered at UNC. Topics can include specific problems of interest, more in-depth learning about a course topic, or an introduction to higher level math. The program is coordinated by math Ph.D. students with supervision by Dr Yaiza Canzani. Participation is not for credit and does not appear on a student’s transcript.

You do not need to have a specific project in mind to apply! Just tell us what interests you and we’ll try our best to match you with a suitable mentor. Once paired, the mentee and mentor jointly decide on a specific topic of study. Most projects are based on a particular book or article that the mentee reads at their own pace, guided and supplemented by the mentor. Applicants may want to see our list of project ideas.

Program Expectations: Each mentee meets weekly with their mentor for about an hour. The details of these meetings are left up to the mentee/mentor pairs; they might include presentations by the mentee, general discussion, questions about exercises, etc. In addition to the meetings, the mentee is expected to work independently for at least four hours each week. At the end of the semester, each student gives a presentation on a topic they have studied to others who are participating in the Directed Reading Program.

Contact us at: math_drp [at]


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