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Faculty of Mathematics


What the programme is:

    This is a chance for you to have a student (“CMP student”) spend up to eight weeks in your lab or working group over the summer.  The intention is that the CMP student would work alongside a PhD student/post-doc/other member of the lab or working group (“host partner”) assisting in research.  

    The programme is not assessed as part of the degree course, and as such affords an opportunity to get mathematical input at a stage where a problem might not yet be well formulated. (a bit in about open problems vs more routine directed work)

    The programme provides a community forum for mathematically related interdisciplinary work.  We support young mathematicians gaining this essential experienc through computing training where required and bursaries.  We host a Presentation day (21 August 2018) which includes presentations of summer projects and a meeting open to CMP students, hosts, host partners and supporters to find effective ways by which mathematicians can be part of the solutions of problems throughout the scientific technological spectrum.

Requirements of the host institution:

    The host department is expected to provide work space, computing facilities and cover any costs incurred in their research.  A good research evironment is also important for the success of CMP projects. Projects are most successful where the CMP student works closely with a CMP host partner, and both are supported by a research group which meets for coffee/tea and weekly for seminars or social events.

    We expect organisations in the industrial sector to pay their students at a suitable rate. In some cases there are good reasons why students cannot work onsite in industrial settings. It is helpful if students have a workspace where they can meet with colleagues and other students. If students cannot work onsite, it may be possible for them to work at CMS, perhaps with a designated post-doc or PhD student to meet for advice.

How to proceed:

  • Recruiting students - the website. Register your interest in having a CMP student here. Students will be able to view these details and will contact you.
  • Recruiting students - the seminar series. There will be a chance to give a 7 minute presentation about your proposed project in a series of lunchtime seminars on Mondays in the second half of January and February.  Submit your project by the 16th January if you would like to take advantage of this opportunity to give a talk.
  • Selecting students. Make whatever arrangements suit you for meeting your prospective students, and deciding which one(s) you would like to engage. Working arrangements, hours of work, whether working from home or elsewhere is permitted, start and end dates for the project are entirely between you and the student. Students should contact you before the 2nd  of March if they are interested in your project. Offers to your first choice student should be sent out on the 9th of March.

  • Registering a project. All projects, wherever the work is done, in industry or within the university, however funded, should be registered as a Summer Research Programme project to ensure that students have the continued support facilities (IT, access, library), information about events and social activities. Once you have found and agreed a project with a student, the student should then register the project online.  

  • Students may only register one project.  Supervisors may have more than one student, but if bursary support is required, be aware that it is unlikely that more than one student will be supported through the bursary fund unless the host is making a comparable contribution to the student’s living expenses.

  • Registration will be complete on receipt of an email from the host supervisor, or the host supervisor’s PI/PhD supervisor, if the host supervisor is not in a position to offer a placement.

  • Projects that are agreed pending funding decisions should be registered; we will upgrade the registration from provisional to confirmed once we have confirmation of funding.

Bursary Funds:

    We have a small bursary fund available to contribute to summer research undertaken by Part III students and undergraduates, but we ask all students and all host labs and departments to do their utmost to find complementary funds from their own sources. We expect that organisations in the industrial sector will be able to fund their own students. As a rough guide, we hope that departments and labs that have had CMP students in the past and are familiar with the programme could contribute half of the student’s living expenses.  We ask students to ask colleges for grants and subsidised accommodation.

    If a bursary is required, students should fill in the bursary application form which should be submitted by the last Friday of Lent term. The application will also require letters of support from the host supervisor and/or the host partner. First round decisions will be made by mid April.  Some funds will be reserved for a second round, for which bursary applications should be made by late May, with decisions announced by the beginning of June.

    As a rough guide, in coming to funding decisions, the allocations committee take the following into consideration (in no particular order):

  • How enthusiastic is the host supervisor to have the student? Your letter of support should indicate this.
  • How much effort has the student invested in arranging the project? For example, evidence of endeavour in finding college bursaries and subsidised accommodation count positively, as does evidence in the student’s statement that she/he has already done some reading on the topic

  • Some priority may be given to younger host supervisors: supervising a CMP student is good experience for supervising PhD students later in their career.

  • Likewise, some priority is given to applications with a project partner (postdoc or PhD student who will interact closely with the student during the project.)
  • Is the research environment likely to provide good support for a mathematician working in a foreign discipline? Will the student be supported by a host partner? by regular group meetings?

  • Does the project appear to use a mathematicians talents well? - Please see the sheet on what makes a good project?

  • Can the host department contribute to the student’s support?

  • We wish to develop new links with labs we have not worked with.

  • We wish to encourage students whose mathematical interests are not normally considered applicable (pure subjects and theoretical physics).  

End of Project requirements. 

The following are required of projects which have received bursary funding, and requested of all.

  • CMP students are expected to present their project at the CMP Presentation Day (21 August).

  • A poster/case study for the archive.

  • Online end of project forms to filled out by CMP students, the CMP partners and CMP supervisors.

Failure to complete these end of project requirements may prejudice future bursary application decisions.