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Undergraduate Summer School


Note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this program is being offered entirely virtually this year.

From August 9–13, 2021, the Center for Matter at Atomic Pressures (CMAP) is holding a week-long online summer program 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.

View the program flyer - PDF.


There is no cost to apply or to participate in the program.

The top 20 applicants—based on their resume or CV, transcript, personal statement, recommendation letters as well as their enrollment at a US college or university—will receive a $300 stipend upon successful completion of the program. Applicants will be informed of the stipend award in the program acceptance notification.

Program Schedule

The program will take place August 9–13, 2021. The first three days of the program are lecture-based, followed by two days of hands-on learning through activities.

Check back regularly for updated details.

Day 1: Welcome to CMAP

  • 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

Day 2: Collisions in Extreme Environments

  • Morning: Single-particle motion
  • Guest lecturer: TBA
  • Afternoon: Collisions in plasmas

Day 3: Dense Fluids

  • Morning: Conservation laws and smooth particle hydrodynamics
  • Guest lecturer: TBA
  • Afternoon: Magnetohydrodynamics

Day 4: Fun with Particles

  • Morning: Spin that accretion disk!
  • Guest lecturer: TBA
  • Afternoon: Build that planet!

Day 5: Fun with Fluid Dynamics

  • 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)
  • A personal statement about why you’d like to participate in this program (300 words or less)
  • 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 2021 CMAP Summer School Box folder
    • Acceptable file formats: .pdf, .png, .jpg, .docx, or .doc
    • File name format should be “StudentLastName-StudentFirstName-Recommendation-RecommenderLastName”

Apply online by Thursday, July 1, 2021.


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

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