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Summer Research in Mathematics


The 2022 CMP project proposal form is now available. Prospective CMP hosts can submit their project description here. If you are new to CMP, please read the information below and in the link to the left before submitting.

The Faculty of Mathematics recognizes the important role played by opportunities for research in the training and development of our students. Thanks to the generous support of corporate and individual donors, the Faculty has been to able to develop a thriving programme of student summer research and placements within the CMS, in other university departments, and in industry. There are many possible routes to student summer research; for some of them, see our page on Finding a Project. These pages focus on two initiatives run by the faculty:

  • The Cambridge Mathematics Placements (CMP) Programme facilitates and supports mathematically oriented projects and placements in industry and other university departments. It is open to students in Parts IB (2nd year undergraduates), Part II (3rd year undergraduates) and  Part III (Masters Students.)
  • The Research in the CMS Programme supports student summer research projects within the Faculty of Mathematics. It is open to students in Part IB and Part II.

Further information on both programmes is available below and from the menu on the left. Potential project hosts and supervisors should start with the Host a CMP Project  or CMS Supervisors page, while students should start with the Students page.

Cambridge Mathematics Placements

The CMP programme enables students to find summer research placements in industry, the public sector, and other University departments. Students develop transferable skills and gain experience doing innovative mathematical research in an external setting, while hosts engage a talented mathematician to tackle research questions they face. In 2021, despite the continuing difficulties posed by COVID-19, the programme facilitated 16 academic and 27 industry placements.

Organisations looking to engage a student with a background in mathematics can submit their projects to CMP. We will advertise the projects on our website and through our series of seminars in February. Although we cannot promise a suitable student, we will do our best to help you find one. Projects are generally open to second and third year undergraduate (Parts IB and II) and Master's (Part III) students, but the project host can specify precisely what background and skills they require.

Benefits for CMP Hosts

Direct engagement with Cambridge Mathematics Master's and undergraduate students

  • Pitch projects at the CMP seminar series and select students for summer placements. There is a high degree of freedom to propose both well-developed and speculative projects.

Involvement with a growing knowledge exchange community

  • Interact with a maths-focussed research community comprising the Mathematics Faculty, other departments, public sector organisations and industrial partners.
  • Develop relationships that may lead to collaborations.
  • Attend CMP Presentation Day to hear other host/student placement experiences and approaches, followed by dinner at a Cambridge college (TBC for 2022).
  • Participate in the CMP Annual General Meeting to review the programme and suggest improvements.

Progression of research objectives

  • Projects tackle research challenges in a diverse range of areas, and provide new approaches to solving problems.
  • Placements bridge gaps in mathematical expertise.

We welcome all of our host partners to join the Cambridge Mathematics Placements Supporters Club.

Research in the CMS Programme

The Research in the CMS Programme supports students who wish to undertake summer research projects with a supervisor within the Maths Faculty. We maintain a list of faculty willing to supervise summer projects. This programme is open to students in Parts IB and II.