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Summer School for Undergraduates


Summer 2023 program information will be announced in the spring.

From August 15–19, 2022, the Center for Matter at Atomic Pressures (CMAP) at the University of Rochester is holding an intensive week-long online summer program, the Discovery Science Center Summer School for Matter at Extreme Conditions in the Laboratory and the Cosmos, for undergraduate students who are eager to learn more about the physics of extreme states of matter.

Over the course of a week, up to 50 undergraduates from US colleges and universities will have the opportunity to:

  • Get immersed in the science of extreme pressure and high-energy-density physics.
  • Use python to understand recent discoveries in astrophysics, planetary science, and quantum materials.
  • Access modern computational, educational, and research tools and techniques that can be leveraged across disciplines.
  • Learn from—and network with—CMAP’s leading physicists, astrophysicists, and planetary scientists.

Application information


There is no cost to apply or to participate in the program. Accepted students will receive a meal delivery service e-gift card so they may order lunch during the program.

Program Schedule

The program will take place August 15–19, 2022. The first three days of the program are lecture-based, followed by two days of hands-on learning through virtual workshop activities. There will be daily homework assignments.

Check back regularly for updated details.

  • Opening remarks: An introduction to matter under extreme conditions
  • Morning: Tools to analyze and model scientific discoveries
  • Guest lecturer: Dr. Burkhard Militzer, University of California, Berkeley – “Equation of State Computation and Application in Planetary Science”
  • Afternoon: Introduction to Python and Jupyter Notebook
  • Morning: Python and single-particle motion
  • Guest lecturer: Dr. Eva Zurek, University at Buffalo – “Exotic Chemistry and New States of Matter at Extreme Pressures”
  • Afternoon: Conservation laws
  • Morning: Hydrodynamics
  • Guest lecturer: Dr. Adam Frank, University of Rochester – “Evaporating A Planet. How To Kill An Atmosphere.”
  • Afternoon: Magnetohydrodynamics
  • Morning: Ram that jet!
  • Guest lecturer: Dr. Adam Burrows, Princeton University – “The CMAP Laboratory/Astronomy Connection”
  • Afternoon: Ram that jet! continued
  • Morning: Build that planet!
  • Guest lecturer: Hannah Hasson, University of Rochester – “Tinkering with tiny plasma flows in the lab to learn about stellar jets”
  • Afternoon: Build that planet! continued

How to Apply

To apply, you must be currently enrolled as a part- or full-time undergraduate student in an accredited US college or university.

In addition to basic information, the online application form requires:

  • A description of your research interests (300 words or less)
    • Submit in the text field via the online application
  • A personal statement about why you’d like to participate in this program (300 words or less)
    • Submit in the text field via the online application
  • A copy of your resume or CV
    • Acceptable file formats: .pdf, .png, .jpg, .docx, or .doc
    • File name format should be “LastName-FirstName-Resume” or “LastName-FirstName-CV”
  • A copy of your most recent transcript (unofficial version is acceptable)
    • Acceptable file formats: .pdf, .png, .jpg, .docx, or .doc
    • File name format should be “LastName-FirstName-Transcript”
  • Two letters of recommendation
    • Recommenders should upload their letters to the 2022 CMAP Summer School Box folder
    • Acceptable file formats: .pdf, .png, .jpg, .docx, or .doc
    • File name format should be “StudentLastName-StudentFirstName-Recommendation-RecommenderLastName”

Application and recommendation letters deadline was: Monday, August 1, 2022. Applications are no longer being accepted for summer 2022.


Contact Natalie Antal, CMAP program administrator, at or (585) 276-4967.

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