Research in Industrial Projects for Students (RIPS)

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 a national lab. RIPS recruits its students from all over the world. 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. The students, with direction from their academic mentor and industrial sponsor, spend nine weeks learning about the problem, mastering the latest analytical approaches and techniques to solve it, and developing 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.

Host Institution(s)

University of California, Los Angeles
Microsoft Research Asia (Beijing, China)
MATHEON (Berlin, Germany)

Citizenship Requirements

International students may apply for RIPS-Los Angeles. Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents can apply to Beijing or Berlin through UCLA. Chinese students can apply to Beijing through Microsoft Research Asia. European students can apply to Berlin through MATHEON.


Eligible applicants include undergraduate students or recent graduates. Students with a strong background in mathematics and who are interested in seeing how mathematics is used in the real world are encouraged to apply. Programming experience is also helpful.

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JYI has a peer-review process through which undergraduate research editors work with faculty mentors at their institutions to determine the validity of journal submissions. This process closely mimics those found in other professional research journals.
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