Desiree Masters (Illinois State University, 2007 REU) I
had a wonderful opportunity to attend the first REU and again later as
a teacher. It was awesome. The experience with the REU enhanced my
confidence as a mathematician and as a young teacher. I used many of the
teaching modules and problems developed in the REU in my classroom,
creating scenarios for students to discover new content for themselves.
It surprised many of my students to learn that there is more to math
than linear equations and that there are still new ideas out there. That
is MY biggest "take away" from the REU. There are more ideas and
theorems out there, patterns to see and study and discover.