Directed Reading Program

The Directed Reading Program is a graduate student-run program that provides undergraduates with the opportunity to work closely with mathematics graduate students in an independent reading project.

DRP is for Reading, not Research!

Our goal is to enable motivated undergraduates to engage with mathematics in more depth and breadth than is typically possible in a classroom. Projects will be chosen by the undergraduates in consultation with graduate student mentors. During the semester, the student will work through a mathematical text and meet weekly to discuss it with their mentor. The DRP culminates at the end of the term in brief presentations from all of the students on their projects.

DRP is about community!

The aim of the program is to equip students with the tools necessary to delve into sophisticated mathematics, to foster relationships between undergraduates and graduate students, and to provide students with a valuable opportunity to practice presenting mathematical ideas, both in conversation and public presentations.

DRP is not a course, nor is it private tutoring!

An important distinction about the DRP program is that the reading topics are meant to benefit both the undergraduate and the graduate student. You can read a book you have been meaning to read or study a topic you haven't studied before.

The original DRP started by graduate students at the University of Chicago over a decade ago, and has had immense success. It has since spread to many other math departments who are members of the DRP Network.

Interested in DRP @ UMN? Please fill out this interest form!

Summary of Requirements

  • At least one hour per week spent in a mentor/mentee meeting.

  • Students spend at least two hours a week on individual study, outside of mentor/mentee meetings.

  • Students give a 10-12 minute presentation at the end of term about an aspect of their project.


  • Provides an inclusive and stress-free way for both mentee and mentor to learn or renew insights about their topics.

  • Helps further interactions between undergraduate and graduate students, hence strengthening our math community.

  • Gives motivated undergraduate students with any level of background a way to get more involved in math.

  • Teaches the participants how to present mathematical ideas to an audience of their peers.

  • Gives graduate students the opportunity to practice our mentorship skills.