September 23, 2020

Dear student interested in mathematics,

The Washington Directed Reading Program (WDRP) is a new initiative from the Mathematics Department, which launched in Fall 2018. WDRP is modeled after successful Directed Reading Programs (DRPs) at other universities around the country. This program pairs interested undergraduate students with mathematics graduate student mentors to embark on a quarter-long independent reading project. We expect to have around 10 projects in Autumn 2020. Applications will be open until September 27th at 5:00 pm, and applicants will be notified by October 7th at the latest. To learn more about upcoming reading projects and to apply, go to

The main components of the program are as follows (these events will be remote events):

  • Start-of-quarter kickoff event, including an introduction to the program and time to mingle with other undergraduate and graduate students.

  • One-on-one weekly meetings between undergraduate student mentees and graduate student mentors, to discuss the readings.

  • Mid-quarter social event for undergraduate students only.

  • End-of-quarter presentations by undergraduate students on topics selected from their readings.

In addition, 1 credit (CR/NC) as Math 398 is available to undergraduate students participating in and successfully completing the program. Note that you will not be able to sign up for this credit until after you have applied for and been accepted into the program, at which time we will provide further information about enrolling.

For more information and some sample projects, please see our website Feel free to ask any other questions by sending an email to!