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Research in Industrial Projects for Students (RIPS) 2011

June 26 - August 26, 2011

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Introducing RIPS-Hong Kong! In addition to our annual RIPS-LA program held on the UCLA campus, we will offer RIPS-Hong Kong, in partnership with Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, in 2011. 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-Hong Kong. Follow the link on the left for more information on this program. (RIPS-Beijing and RIPS-Berlin will not be offered this year.)


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 the public sector. 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. Most of these projects involve both analytic and computational work. The students, with direction from their academic mentor and industrial sponsor, will learn about the problem, master the latest analytical and computational approaches and techniques to solve it, and develop 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 recruits its students from all over the world. Graduating seniors are eligible. See Frequently Asked Questions for more information about qualifications of applicants.

RIPS Program Director (see sidebar): 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 repeated.

RIPS 2010 sponsors were The Aerospace Corporation, Arete, IBM, Los Angeles Police Department, Pixar/Walt Disney Animation Studios, Standard and Poor's, Symantec and The Shoah Foundation. The RIPS-LA 2010 project descriptions are posted here.



We no longer accept applications for RIPS 2011. Thank you.

Contact Us:

Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM)
Attn: RIPS2011
460 Portola Plaza
Los Angeles CA 90095-7121
Phone: 310 825-4755
Fax: 310 825-4756
Email: ipam@ucla.edu
Website: http://www.ipam.ucla.edu/programs/rips2011/

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