Summer Undergraduate Research Program at CITA

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The annual Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) in theoretical astrophysics at CITA is a unique opportunity for undergraduate students in astronomy, physics and engineering to prepare for a career in scientific research.
Over the 16-week program, students will:

  • Experience what a career in research is like by independently conducting a project related to on-going research at the leading edge of theoretical astrophysics
  • Collaborate with CITA theoretical astrophysicists. Students will be paired with professors and post-doctoral fellows in the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA), who best fit their expressed research interest and aptitudes.
  • Improve their research writing and communication skills
  • Receive a two-week training course in computer coding
  • Learn about astronomy and astrophysics research being conducted at U of T
  • Have an opportunity to participate in U of T public outreach activities
  • Interact with SURP students working in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics and at the Dunlap Institute

Award recipients must work for 16 consecutive weeks during the summer beginning the first week of May, with stipends ranging from $1,900-$2,100 per month depending on a student’s present year of study. The program makes no provision for sick leave or other interruptions (i.e. no time off for holidays). For out-of-town students, NSERC provides travel costs and from May 15 onwards, on-campus housing is available.

To be eligible to participate, applicants must have completed two or more academic semesters with a cumulative average of at least second class (a grade of “B” or “B-“, if applicable) as defined by the university. The program is open to Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada, registered at the time of application in a full-time bachelor’s degree in natural sciences or engineering at an eligible university.

SURP offers students an opportunity to work at the leading centre for astronomical research in Canada. The astronomy group at the U of T is a unique alliance of three units with complementary expertise in observational research, astronomical instrumentation (Dunlap), and theoretical astrophysics (CITA).
You will be able to apply here in early December. But before applying, please read all SURP information on the application website.

*The application deadline is the 31st of January each year*

Inquiries, email:
 surp [at] cita [dot] utoronto [dot] ca

CITA 2013 Summer Undergraduate Researcher Carly Berard and a plea for a Planck Ball