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Summer Undergraduate Research Program

Undergraduates who are interested in working on a research problem in theoretical astrophysics during the summer are encouraged to apply for the Summer Undergraduate Research Program. Applicants may apply in early December.

5 MAY 22 AUGUST, 2014

Application deadline: 31 January, 2014
Official offer date: February 7, 2014

The annual Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) at CITA is a unique opportunity for undergraduate students 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
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
Connect with SURP students and scientists working in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics and at the Dunlap Institute
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.

For samples of 2013 research projects see CITA USRA Project Descriptions 2013

Applicants are encouraged in their essay to describe their research interests and aptitudes.

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 apply, applicants must be 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 (and not holding a higher degree) at an eligible university. They must have obtained, over the previous years of study, a cumulative average of at least second class (a grade of "B" or B-, if applicable) as defined by the university. Must have completed, at the time of application, a minimum of two academic semesters.

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).


Before applying, please read all SURP information on the application website. The application does not allow you to save partly completed applications and return to them. This requires that you have all required submission materials assembled when you begin your application. Please email with any remaining questions. The address is:
surp [at]cita [dot] utoronto [dot] ca

You may also send your complete application package directly to CITA. Applications to the SURP portal and to CITA directly will be pooled and it is not necessary to apply twice.