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Summer Research in Mathematics

 

This page contains information for prospective summer research project hosts, both through the Cambridge Mathematics Placements (CMP) Programme and Research in the CMS. Read about how to proceed directly below, and please scroll down for information and resources specific to each project type (CMP industrial, CMP academic, or Research in the CMS).

How to proceed

  • Propose a project.
    • If you are a CMP host, register your interest in having a student by proposing one or a number of projects using this form. Students will be able to view these details and contact you.
    • Academics in the CMS will generally be approached directly by students wishing to work with them, but if you have a project you would like us to advertise to students, please use this form.
       
  • Meet and recruit students at the seminar series. As a CMP host, you can sign up to give a short presentation about your proposed project in a series of seminars in February (Tuesdays and Thursdays 1-2:15pm). Submit your project by 22 January 2021 if you would like to take advantage of this opportunity to give a talk. Priority for talks will be given to CMP Supporters Club members.
     
  • Interview and select students. Make whatever arrangements suit you for meeting your prospective students, and deciding which one(s) you would like to engage. The interview process, project dates, working arrangements and hours, stipend/salary, and the terms and conditions of employment are entirely between you and the student. Students should contact you before 26 February 2021 if they are interested in your project. Offers can be sent to students on a rolling basis, but for reasons of fairness, we are asking that no student be required to respond to an offer before 12 March 2021. Hosts may continue to liaise with and make offers to students beyond this date.
     
  • Register your project. All projects, whether CMP or Research in the CMS, and however funded, should be registered with us to ensure that students have the continued support facilities (IT, access, library) and information about events and social activities. Once you have found and agreed a project with a student, the student should then register the project here.
    • 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.
       
  • Apply for bursary funding - for academic projects only. A small bursary fund is available for academic projects in the CMS and other University departments, more information is given below. We expect that industrial organisations will be able to fund their own placements.
     
  • Host your project. Projects typically take place for 6-10 weeks between June and September. The project dates, working arrangements and hours, stipend/salary, and the terms and conditions of employment are agreed directly between you and the student.
     
  • Attend CMP Presentation Day in August 2021 (details TBC) if you are a CMP host.
     
  • Attend the Summer Research Festival in October 2021 (details TBC) if you are a Research in the CMS supervisor.
     
  • Submit project feedback at the end of your project in September. Students are also asked to submit a poster or case study on their project for our archive.
     

CMP Industrial Hosts

Groups in industry may wish to engage a talented mathematician to tackle research questions they face through a CMP industrial placement. Before submitting a project, please review the following:

We welcome all of our CMP hosts to join the Cambridge Mathematics Placements Supporters Club. While there is no charge for submitting a project or participating in CMP, we are asking our industrial hosts — especially those who have had a successful project experience in the past — to join us in creating a sustainable funding model for the programme. Joining the Club is easy and subscription levels are flexible, to accommodate hosts with varying resources. Supporters can choose what they would like donate, with suggested annual donations of £4,000 for large companies, £2,000 for SMEs and £500-£1,000 for start-ups, small companies and non-industry partners. More information about the CMP Supporters Club and associated benefits can be found here.

CMP Academic Hosts

We welcome other University departments or labs to submit CMP projects as academic hosts. Before submitting a project, please review the following:

Changes to University policy mean we can no longer provide a direct bursary to students as we have in the past. Instead, CMP students will be employed by either the host department or the Faculty of Mathematics. CMP can facilitate this process and take care of the administrative work associated with employing students, but the end result is that the cost of supporting a project has gone up significantly. We expect that the total cost for a project in 2021 will be between £2200 and £3000 depending on project length. Due to the increase in costs, we ask that academic hosts (especially returning ones) make an extra effort to find funds within their department to help cover the cost of the project.

We have a small bursary fund available to contribute to summer research undertaken by undergraduates and Part III students, but we ask all students and all host labs and departments to do their utmost to find complementary funds from their own sources. As a rough guide, we hope that departments and labs that have had CMP students in the past and are familiar with the programme will contribute at least half of the student’s living expenses. We ask students to ask colleges for grants and subsidised accommodation. Please read further guidance on applying for a bursary here. We will generally consider one student per CMP academic host for funding each year, and will ask you to find complementary funds if you wish to have more. Bursaries are awarded for a maximum of 8 weeks and projects requiring support from CMP will be considered more favourably if they are partially funded.

If a bursary is required, students should fill in the bursary application form and submit it by 19 March 2021. The application will also require a statement from the host supervisor/host partner. First round decisions will be made by late April. Some funds will be reserved for a second round, for which bursary applications should be made by 11 May 2021, with decisions announced by the beginning of June.

Summer Research in the CMS Supervisors

Potential supervisors in the CMS will generally be approached directly by students wishing to work with them, but if you have a project you would like us to advertise, please use this form. Once it has been agreed upon, students should register their project here. We generally operate on a one student per supervisor model. Applications for collaborative projects, where up to two students work on a project or on closely related projects will also be considered. 

Changes to University policy mean we can no longer provide a direct bursary to students as we have in the past. Instead, students will be employed by the Faculty of Mathematics. The summer research programme can facilitate this process and take care of the administrative work associated with employing students, but the end result is that the cost of supporting a project has gone up significantly. We expect that the total cost for a project in 2021 will be between £2200 and £3000 depending on project length. Due to the increase in costs, we ask all academics in the CMS wishing to host a project to make an extra effort to find funds from grants and other sources to help cover the cost of the project. We ask students to ask colleges for grants and subsidised accommodation, and welcome any help you can provide to your student(s) in this regard. Please read further guidance on applying for a bursary here. As a general rule, we operate on a one student per supervisor model, and will consider a maximum of two projects per supervisor. Bursaries are awarded for a maximum of 8 weeks.

If a bursary is required, students should fill in the bursary application form and submit it by 19 March 2021 (the last Friday of Lent). The application is not onerous, but you'll have to write a brief statement of support for the student and should also help them to write a description of the project.

Resources for All Prospective Hosts

Before submitting a project, you may also wish to review the following:

Project Proposal Forms

Finally, submit your CMP project proposal here or submit your Research in the CMS project listing here.
 

Still have questions?

Write to us at CMP@maths.cam.ac.uk for the CMP Programme, or at SRIM@maths.cam.ac.uk for Research in the CMS.