Research in Industrial Projects for Students (RIPS) 2010
June 20 - August 20, 2010
RIPS in China and Germany: In addition to our annual RIPS-LA program held on the UCLA campus, we
will offer RIPS-Beijing and RIPS-Berlin in 2010. The basic format of the program is the same as RIPS-LA.
English is the only language required for participation. U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible
to apply through IPAM; the application form will allow you to indicate your interest in RIPS-Beijing and/or
RIPS-Berlin. Follow the links on the left for more information on these programs.
The Research in Industrial Projects (RIPS) Program provides an opportunity for high-achieving undergraduate
students to work in teams on a real-world research project proposed by a sponsor from industry or a national
lab. RIPS recruits its students from all over the world. Each RIPS team is comprised of four students, an
academic mentor, and an industrial sponsor. The research problem is developed by the industrial sponsor in
consultation with IPAM; it is always a real problem of serious interest to the sponsor and that offers a
stimulating challenge to students. The students, with direction from their academic mentor and industrial
sponsor, spend nine weeks learning about the problem, mastering the latest analytical approaches and
techniques to solve it, and developing report-writing and public-speaking skills to be able to make
professional presentations about the progress and results of their work to a scientific audience.
Industry mentors provide regular contact between the team and the sponsor, monitoring and helping to
guide student work. Ultimately, RIPS provides valuable real-world technical and managerial experience
for students as well as valuable R&D for sponsors.
RIPS Program Director: Michael Raugh, Ph.D.
For more information, see Comments from RIPS Students and Frequently Asked Questions.
Projects are selected to have a major mathematical component and to be something that will pose an
interesting challenge to talented undergraduates. Recent projects have included how to do a physics-based
animation of a lava lamp, how to stitch together two images, how to analyze cancer data using microarrays,
statistical data assimilation methods for weather data, modeling particle transport phenomena in reactors,
and designing missions to the moons of Jupiter. This is just a sampling of the types of projects assigned
to RIPS teams. New industrial sponsors join the RIPS Program each year and the same projects are never
RIPS 2009 sponsors were The Aerospace Corporation, Arete, The Center for Applied Molecular Medicine,
Jet Propulsion Lab, Los Alamos National Lab, Los Angeles Police Department, Pixar/Walt Disney Animation
Studios, Placental Analytics, and Symantec. The RIPS-LA 2009 project descriptions are posted here.
Eligible applicants include undergraduate students or recent graduates (December 2009 or May/June 2010).
International students are eligible to apply for RIPS-LA. Due to the large number of applications we
typically receive, we do not accept applications from previous RIPS students.
A resume, two letters of recommendation, and an academic record or transcript (unofficial) will be
requested along with the completed application form.
The link below will take you to our online application form. The deadline for applications and all
supporting documents is Monday, February 15th, 2010. While there is no preference given to people who
apply early, try to do so for your own benefit as to give yourself time to submit all required documents.
IPAM will begin making offers to successful applicants (by email or phone) on or around March 15, and
will continue until all spots are full.
We no longer accept applications for our RIPS2010 program.
Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM)
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Los Angeles CA 90095-7121
Phone: 310 825-4755
Fax: 310 825-4756
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