TREND (Training and Research Experiences in Nonlinear Dynamics)

TREND is a 10-week undergrad summer research program in nonlinear dynamics at UMD, funded by the NSF (award PHY1756179).

Projects are computational, experimental, theoretical, or a combination of these. Topics include

2D materials | biophysics | chaos | lasers | mathematical biology | nanodevices | neural networks | optoelectronics | particle physics/particle rings |  plasma reconnectionrobotics | turbulence

TREND 2022 will occur between May 31 and August 5. Application deadline is February 11, 2022. See details below.

Learn below about mentors, projects, program activities, and how to apply.

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Although TREND 2022 is currently planned to be on-site at UMD, we are prepared to run a fully online program with remote research projects and mentoring, as we successfully did in 2020 and 2021.

  • 10 weeks of mentored research in nonlinear dynamics
  • Professional development training, including outreach and communication
  • Summer-long social justice in science dialogue
  • Community-building with ~9 other undergrad researchers from across the country
  • $6000 stipend
  • $500 for travel to UMD and back home + included housing at UMD for the program duration
  • $500 to present at conferences after TREND
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Enrolled in a college or university with an anticipated graduation date of December 2022 or later
  • Minimum recommended GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants without the recommended GPA will be able to provide details in the application form if desired

Eligibility questions? Ask program coordinator Daniel Serrano.

To apply, check out the available mentors/projects and then submit:

  1. Application form and essay through this Google Form. The application form will ask for an essay explaining how the TREND experience will help further your academic and/or career interests
  2. Unofficial transcript sent to
  3. At least one letter of recommendation sent to (note that TREND will not send out requests for letters of recommendation; this is the applicant's responsibility)

The Physics REU sites directors will utilize a common deadline of March 4, for students to accept or decline first round offers at domestic (non-international) sites. Sites may send offers to students at any time before this, but students will not be required to decide before March 4. Because of necessary organizational lead time, international REU sites may require earlier acceptance dates.

Program: May 31 to August 5, 2021.

February 11, 2022: Deadline for entire application package to be received (online application, at least one letter of recommendation, and unofficial transcript). Applications received after the deadline will be considered only on a space-available basis

February 21, 2022: First-round offers will be sent out (note that applicants may still receive offers after this date as first-round offers are finalized)

March 4, 2022: Deadline to accept or decline a first-round offer

After March 4, 2022 (rolling basis): Second-round offers may be sent out

More Info


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Emergence in nonlinear systems

Thomas Antonsen, Michelle Girvan, and Edward Ott

(Computation and Theory)

Brian Beaudoin mentor

Charged particle beam systems

Brian Beaudoin

(Computation and Experiments)

- project not offered Summer 2022 -

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Magnetic reconnection and the dynamics of energetic particles

James Drake and Marc Swisdak

(Computation and Theory)

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Turbulence, flows, plasmas, and machine learning

Landry Horimbere and Daniel Lathrop

(Computation and Experiments)

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Dynamics of living systems

Wolfgang Losert

(Computation and Experiments)

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Modeling the dynamics of underwater robots

Derek Paley

(Computation and Experiments)

Phillip Sprangle mentor

Nonlinear laser matter interactions

Phillip Sprangle

(Experiments and Theory)

Many TREND projects result in conference presentations and/or papers. See those here.