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EDUCATION & OUTREACH

Summer School for Undergraduates

Overview

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.

Apply by July 15, 2022

Cost

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: TBA
  • Afternoon: Introduction to Python and Jupyter Notebook
  • Morning: Single-particle motion
  • Guest lecturer: TBA
  • Afternoon: Collisions in plasmas
  • Morning: Conservation laws and smooth particle hydrodynamics
  • Guest lecturer: TBA
  • Afternoon: Magnetohydrodynamics
  • Morning: Spin that accretion disk!
  • Guest lecturer: TBA
  • Afternoon: Build that planet!
  • Morning: Blow that atmosphere!
  • Guest lecturer: TBA
  • Afternoon: Ram that jet!

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: Friday, July 15, 2022

Apply online

Questions?

Contact Natalie Antal, CMAP program administrator, at natalie.antal@rochester.edu or (585) 276-4967.

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