Some relatively big news is that the Duluth REU is not offering a stipend this year, although they are still covering housing/board, I believe. They encourage applicants to become familiar with what stipend/funding options might be available through their school. My own university unfortunately cannot offer me anywhere close to what most REUs already promise, and that's assuming I can even convince my school I deserve the funding. But oh well!
I myself am applying to ~6 REUs this year:
- Fields Institute Summer Research Program (FUSRP)
- SMALL Number Theory & Probability
- UVA Number Theory & Rep. Theory
- Ursinus Rep. Theory of Lie Algebras
- UChicago REU maybe?
- CSU San Bernardo REU
- Baruch Discrete Mathe Group REU maybe?
Some info: I am a freshman math major at a large public uni with a strong math program (T20). I have a 4.0. My completed undergrad math courses when I applied were number theory and linear algebra. My courses-in-progress were advanced analysis on manifolds and algebraic topology. My letters of recommendation were strong and personal. Got very lucky there.
I was accepted to the UChicago REU for the apprentice program unofficially on 2/27/2021. I was officially accepted on 2/28/2021.
I was accepted to the CSUSB REU officially on 4/19/2021.
I was either rejected, ghosted, or withdrew my application from all other programs.
I have chosen to participate in the UChicago REU. I had sent an email to Professor Dunn (CSUSB) to let it be known I made this choice, but maybe there was an error along the way.