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Summer Research in Mathematics


The Bursary Application Form (for Research in CMS and Academic CMP projects) is now available. The deadline for submission is Friday, March 13. In addition, all students doing a summer research project (CMP, CMS Research, EPSRC UROP, and other projects in the CMS) are asked to Register their project.

CMP Academic and Industrial project listings are now available, as are listings for Research in CMS (Parts IB and II only). (Listings updated on February 25.)

The Cambridge Mathematics Tripos has a reputation for training mathematicians. The Faculty now supplements this theoretical training with the Cambridge Summer Research in Mathematics (CSRIM) Programme, a programme to enable students from their second year (part IB) through their Masters year (Part III) to get hands on experience doing research in mathematical disciplines within the University, and in fields requiring innovative mathematics both within the University and in industrial settings.

The CSRIM Programme is the umbrella programme which hosts a community of undergraduates and masters students in mathematics who are working on mathematical projects over the summer. It comprises two separate initiatives:

  • the Cambridge Mathematics Placements (CMP) Programme, formerly known as the Post Masters Placement (PMP) Programme;
  • the Summer Research in the CMS Programme.

Cambridge Mathematics Placements Programme

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 2019, the programme facilitated 12 academic and 23 industry placements. In 2018, we facilitated 16 academic and 20 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 lunchtime seminars in January and 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 (Part II) and Master's (Part III) students, but the project host can specify precisely what background and skills they require.

Benefits for Hosts

Direct engagement with Cambridge Mathematics Master's and undergraduate students

  • Pitch projects at the CMP lunchtime 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.
  • 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.

The CMP Supporters Club

We welcome all of our host partners to join the Cambridge Mathematics Placements Supporters Club. While there is no charge for submitting a project or participating in CMP, we are asking partners and 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. In return we offer the following additional opportunities:

  • Priority booking for the CMP lunchtime seminar series.
  • Organisation details and logos on the CMP website.
  • Participate in industry talks/events held in the Faculty.
  • Communicate job openings to students.
  • Support specific needs or projects if desired.

See a list of our current CMP Supporters Club members here.

Summer Research in the CMS Programme

The Summer Research in the CMS Programme supports students who wish to undertake research projects with a supervisor within the Maths Faculty. Students will generally approach potential supervisors directly, and projects do not need to be listed on this website to be eligible for bursary funding. This programme is open to students in Parts IB and II.

Further information is available from the menu on the left. Potential project hosts should start with the Host a CMP or Research in the CMS Project page, while students should start with the Students page.


Building Bridges with Industry

Mathematics teaching at Cambridge is world-class, but what does the Faculty do to help students find their feet in the world of industry? It enables them to experience it first-hand through the Cambridge Mathematics Placement programme (CMP).

Read the full story of the success of CMP programme at:  Building Bridges with Industry


The Post Masters Placement Scheme: an adventure in interdisciplinary collaboration

Every year the Faculty sends bright young Cambridge mathematicians to spend the summer with host partners in industry and other academic disciplines through the Post Masters Placement scheme (PMP). It is a win-win experience for students, their hosts and mathematics as a whole.

Read more on the CMP programme at:  The Post Masters Placement Scheme: an adventure in inter-disciplinary collaboration