Perimeter Institute's Undergraduate Theoretical Physics Summer Program provides students entering the final year of their undergraduate program the opportunity to participate in groundbreaking research at a world-leading theoretical physics institute. Students will learn research tools and collaboration skills while immersed in the multi-disciplinary environment of the world's largest independent theoretical physics research centre.
This program consists of two parts:
Two-week Summer School (fully-funded): Twenty successful applicants will spend two weeks immersed in Perimeter's dynamic research environment -- attending courses on cutting-edge topics in physics, learning new techniques to solve interesting problems, working on group research projects, and potentially even publishing their work. A more detailed schedule will be posted once it is available.
Research Internship: Applicants may also apply for an optional paid summer research internship. Accepted students will work on projects alongside Perimeter researchers. Students will have the rare opportunity to develop their research skills and absorb the rich variety of talks, conferences, and events at Perimeter Institute. Students chosen for an internship will be emailed with the project proposals. Selection for the internship will occur at the same time summer school students are selected.
Example research internship projects list:
Understanding the chirality of quantum states (Quantum Information)
Tidal effects for compact objects in scalar-tensor theories (Strong Gravity)
Deriving statistics inequalities from measuring quantum states (Quantum Information)
Entanglement in two-dimensional gauge theory (Quantum Fields and Strings)
How Realistic are Warp Drives? (Strong Gravity/Quantum Gravity)
Resolving Time Travel Paradoxes (Mathematical Physics/Strong Gravity/Quantum Foundations)
Was Dirac right when he said that interference between two different photons never occurs? (Quantum Optics/Quantum Foundation)
Constraining fundamental physics with cosmological data and machine learning (Cosmology)
Spacetime Algebra for Numerical Relativity (Strong Gravity)
Automating the decomposition of group representations (Quantum Foundations)
Geometry of Flag Configurations (Geometry and Algebraic Geometry)
Universe with a thermal origin (Cosmology)
On the online application form, applicants can apply for the two-week summer school or for both the summer school and the research internship. Summer school and paid internship positions will be awarded by February 28, 2019. Selected interns will be contacted in February with the research projects topics. All research interns must complete the two-week summer school.
Applications deadline: January 7, 2019. (Applications will be considered until all positions are filled.)
References deadline: January 14, 2019.
Selection timeline: by February 28, 2019. (Both summer school attendees and interns will be selected by this time.)
Two-week summer school: May 27 to June 7, 2019.
Research Internship: May 1 to August 30, 2019. (Negotiable.)
How do I submit letters of recommendation?
Upon completion of the online application, the system will automatically contact your referees with details on how to submit their reference letters.
Transcripts (If transcripts are in a language other than English, a certified English translation is required too)
Two letters of recommendation (Note: all letters of reference must be on letterhead and must be signed by the referee)
Statement of interest (limited to one page)
TOEFL/IELTS score, or other (required if the language of instruction at your university is not English). If not available, an interview may be set up to test English proficiency.
About Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
Perimeter Institute is a leading centre for scientific research, training and educational outreach in foundational theoretical physics. Founded in 1999 in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, its mission is to advance our understanding of the universe at the most fundamental level, stimulating the breakthroughs that could transform our future. Perimeter also trains the next generation of physicists through innovative programs, and shares the excitement and wonder of science with students, teachers and the general public.Perimeter Institute is a major centre for theoretical physics research, attracting a diverse community of resident and visiting scientists from around the world. They cluster in a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary environment to forge new, mind-bending ideas about the ultimate nature of our universe, from space and time to matter and information. Over 150 resident researchers and 1,000 visiting scientists a year work to unlock nature’s most profound secrets hidden deep inside the atom and far across the universe.Perimeter Institute’s vibrant research community emphasizes ambitious, unconstrained scientific enquiry across nine research fields: cosmology, condensed mat...ter, mathematical physics (including mathematics), particle physics, quantum fields and strings, quantum foundations, quantum gravity, quantum information, and strong gravity.