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DUMU 2016 Members; President David Geng, Vice President Trung Can; other officers and DUMU people see here

News and Information

DUMU: The organization for undergraduates who love math.

DUMU pictures  of members from the past decade

Past Events
  • April 27, 2017: Student Faculty Party, 3:00-4:30            see pictures
  • March 30, 2017, Thursday:  Discussion of Fall 2017 math courses, 130 Physics Building, 4:30-6:00
  • January 19-23, 2017:          Math Contest in Modeling


The math department and DUMU sponsor a number of popular  Public Lectures aimed at a general audience. Undergraduates with an interest in Mathematics are encouraged to attend.

Past lectures by Duke alumni from the mathematics department for spring 2017:

Thursday January 26 Ken Ono (Emory University) Gems of Ramanujan
Monday February 13 Francis Su (Harvey Mudd College)
Thursday March 23 Elliott Wolf ’08 and Alex Woolf
Thursday April 6 James Zou ’07

See Events page for details

Duke Math Meet

Thanks to coordinators Justin Luo and David Geng for organizing the very successful 2016 Duke Math Meet on November 12.  Tony Qiao and Trung Can coordinated efforts by Problem Solving Seminar students and others to create original problems for the nearly 300 high school students from about 25 high school students throughout the Carolinas and Virginia. Student volunteers helped register teams, lead them to various test sites, serve breakfast and lunch, proctor exams, and other tasks.


Several dozen Duke undergraduates participated in the 2016 Virginia Tech and Putnam math competitions.  Result of the Putnam competition was announced in late March.


October  21, 2017 Saturday 9am – 11:30am Virginia Tech Regional
November  2017 tba Saturday 9am – 5pm Duke Math Meet
December 2, 2017 Saturday 10am – 6pm Putnam Math Competition
January 19 – 23, 2017 Thursday – Monday Math Contest in Modeling


Math 281S   Problem Solving Seminar

This half-credit seminar is intended for students who enjoy solving interesting math problems. We’ll be discussing how to solve math competition questions. We’ll focus on the intuition behind solutions as well as various tools we can use. Students are asked to work on challenging math problems one evening a week and to write up careful solutions with complete and rigorous proofs to several of them. Students are expected to compete in the Virginia Tech and Putnam math competitions as well as help write questions for the Duke Math Meet.

Research Opportunities


Data+ is a nine-week summer research experience open to Duke undergraduates of all majors who are interested in exploring data-driven approaches to interdisciplinary challenges.


DOMath provides support for small groups of undergraduates for an eight week summer research program

PRUV Fellow Program

PRUV provides financial support for math majors’ research with faculty mentor’s  leading to Graduation with Distinction.

Independent Study

There are opportunities to do research with faculty members for course credit during the year. Independent Study projects can also be used to earn Graduation with Distinction.

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

The National Science Foundation sponsors many summer undergraduate research programs at a variety of schools around the country.


 Prizes, Awards, Scholarships, Research   for undergraduate math students.


See Duke Math News for past news.

Information about DUMU History including its founding, past presidents and speakers.

To get on the math union listserv, send a message to dkrain@math.duke.edu