Dear mathematics colleague,

The UCLA Department of Mathematics’ Applied Math group is recruiting for the Research Experience for Teachers (RET). This is an extensive, 8-week long paid internship where participants work in research labs under the guidance of faculty mentors. This project will use machine learning (ML) and AI techniques to assist several community partners with their data driven projects. The mathematics will include learning about and implementing various ML and statistical learning methods like neural nets, random forests, nonnegative matrix and tensor factorizations, and others. We will also develop and design new methods that address the practical needs of our partners that are not currently satisfied by existing approaches. We will carefully consider issues surrounding bias in all of our methods. 

Our partners include:  the California Innocence Project — a nonprofit legal team that works to free innocent people in prison, Homeboy Industries — the largest gang rehabilitation and re-entry program in the world, and CDTech / YLEAD — a partner of Public Allies whose mission is to build livable and economically viable communities in the low-income areas of Greater Los Angeles. An example of such projects includes for example a Covid Outreach project with CDTech that aims to further inform and protect those communities through information and resource delivery. In addition to our mathematical contribution to these nonprofits, this team will also participate in outreach activities, meeting with the constitutes and those they serve; in particular to encourage and help prepare them for higher education.

Program details:

  • This year’s RET will be hybrid
  • The dates are tentatively June 13 – Aug 5, 2022.
  • Each participant will be awarded a $7,000 stipend.
  • Applicants with some knowledge of programming and linear algebra are preferred.  Learning on the job is also welcome.



Thank you for your interest in this program. We are not accepting any more applicants at this time.