Research in Industrial Projects for Students (RIPS) 2010
June 5 – July 31, 2010*
IPAM will offer RIPS-Berlin for the first time in summer 2010. IPAM’s partner and the host of the
RIPS-Berlin is MATHEON. MATHEON is one of six
research centers in Germany funded by the German Research Foundation; it was formed in 2002 to combine
the strength and expertise of the mathematics departments of the three major universities of Berlin.
Eight U.S. students and eight European students will work on cross-cultural teams on four projects, each
sponsored by a company based in the Berlin area, or a U.S. company with a presence in Berlin. The basic
format of the program is the same as RIPS-LA.
RIPS students from the United States and Europe will form close professional and personal relationships
and live, work and socialize together over the summer. The students will have offices at the Zuse
Institut Berlin (ZIB), located on the campus of the Freie Universitaet (FU) Berlin. MATHEON will provide
technical support as well as some social activities, informal German lessons, and occasional guest lectures.
Students stay in a nearby dormitory.
Berlin is among the most vibrant and exciting cities in Europe. It is Germany’s center for government and
culture, offering colorful nightlife, world-renowned museum, countless smaller galleries, three world-class
opera houses, the Berlin Philharmonics, and many other exciting cultural attractions. Due to its central
location, weekend trips to many European destinations are possible.
Like RIPS-LA, all expenses are paid, including round-trip travel from your residence or home institution to
Berlin, accommodations, and most meals. In addition, students will each receive a stipend of $3,000 for their
full participation. Also like RIPS-LA, graduating seniors are eligible.
English is the only language required for participation. The European students chosen to participate
will speak English, as will the academic mentors and industry mentors.
Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply through IPAM. Please use the
RIPS application form, which will allow you to indicate
your interest in RIPS-Berlin. European students may apply through
MATHEON. Citizens of countries outside
of Europe who are not U.S. permanent residents are not eligible for RIPS-Berlin.
It is essential that the students are available for the duration of the program; late arrivals and early
departures are not possible. Please compare the dates of the program to your school’s academic calendar
The Berlin Mathematical School (BMS) is supporting the program with
travel grants for each European student.