Local and Overseas Summer Programs

Undergraduate Local and Overseas Summer Programs 2017
 

Our Department are soliciting applications from undergraduate students majoring or planning to major in Astronomy/Maths-Physics/Physics for the following undergraduate experiential learning activities for the summer of 2017.  

Please include your programs preference (3 choices ranked in preference) in the application form. Students may be accepted to multiple activities, such as both activities (2 or 3) and (4a), or (2 or 3) and (4c) etc, with the following details:

-  If the schedule can be worked to satisfaction to all the supervisors involved.
- Students accepted to activity no (1) (Physics Summer Undergraduate Overseas Research Program) cannot
  be accepted to the other activities.

-  Students cannot be accepted to BOTH activities (2) and (3).
-  It is unlikely we can arrange students to work in two internships under category 4.

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(1)   Physics Summer Undergraduate Overseas Research Program
 

Description: The participant(s) will be assigned to work on a frontier science research project with a professor or scientist overseas upon mutual agreement based on an interested research field. Previously, successful candidates had been placed in prestigious institutions such as Cambridge, Princeton and Stanford.  Accepted participants are also required to apply for the Overseas Research Fellowship of the Faculty of Science.

Location: To be determined after discussions with accepted student(s)
Duration: Minimum 8 weeks (Exact start/end days and working hours to be determined after discussions with the research supervisor)
Prerequisite: Successful completion of the Introductory Level course requirements for either Astronomy/Maths-Physics/Physics majors
Enrolment:  2
Financial support*: HK$12,000, or 80% of the total cost, whichever is the lesser.  Participants may also receive other funding sources such as the Overseas Research Fellowship of the Science Faculty.  The remaining cost has to be borne by the student.
Target group: Current third year majors who would like to gain experience conducting research in an overseas research institution. Special considerations may be given to second year majors with exceptional performances.
Selection criteria: The selection will be based on the following factors: academic performance, relevant experience and aptitude for research.
Relation to Capstone Experience: For participants who have completed the requirements for the Capstone Experience (http://www.scifac.hku.hk/ug/current/bsc/curriculum/capstone-req), they can register for the course PHYS4966 Physics Internship after successful completion of this activity and use it to satisfy the Capstone Experience requirement for graduation.

For further inquiries regarding this program, please contact Dr. Jason C.S. Pun (jcspun@hku.hk).
 

(2)   Practical Observational Astronomy

Description:

  1. Attend talks on frontier observational research in star and planet formation, galaxies, and cosmology (by MPIA graduate students and postdoctoral fellows)
  2. Attend lectures on usage of MPIA optical telescopes and how to reduce data (by MPIA staff and responsible teacher)
  3. Perform night time observations of selected astronomical objects, in both imaging and spectroscopy mode (coordinated by MPIA staff)
  4. Data reduction and analyses (coordinated by MPIA staff and responsible teacher)
  5. Interpretation of results (coordinated by responsible teacher)
  6. Student oral presentations and written reports (examined by responsible teacher)
     

Location: Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Heidelberg, Germany
Duration:  5 days (probably starting from mid-June, 2017)
Pre-requisite: Nil
Enrolment:  up to 12
Target group: Current majors who are interested in the field of observational astronomy, focusing on the hands-on aspects of the field. Special considerations will be given to students in good academic standing who plan to pursue graduate studies in astronomy.
Selection criteria: The selection will be based on the following factors: academic performance and relevant experience. Special considerations will be given to students who have taken introductory or advanced level astronomy-related courses, in particular PHYS3650 Observational Astronomy.
Financial support*: HK$9,720, or 80% of the total cost, whichever is the lesser.  The remaining cost has to be borne by the student.
Relation to Capstone Experience: Nil

For inquiries regarding this program, please contact Dr. Jeremy J.L. Lim (jjlim@hku.hk).
 

(3)   Summer School on Nuclear Physics at RIKEN, Japan


Description:  Summer School in Tokyo (2 weeks) with training at HKU in summer before the School commences.

The 11th Nishina School for Nuclear Physics will be held for 2 weeks on 24 July to 5 August, 2017 at RIKEN research institute in Tokyo, Japan. Other participants include students from Peking University, Seoul National University and universities in Japan.

The curriculum of the School was designed to introduce the pleasure of nuclear physics into the undergraduate students. The first-week program consists of lectures, basic experimental and accelerator trainings; while the second-week program is dedicated to performing real-beam experiment using the RIKEN accelerators and detectors, starting from its planning, data-taking and followed by the analysis and the discussion. Student presentation is held on the last day of the School.

Before the summer school in Tokyo, training (including basic knowledge of nuclear physics theory and experiment) will be offered to participants at HKU by Dr. Jenny H.C. Lee. This training would help students to have better understanding of the lectures in the Summer School and sufficient experimental skills to perform the measurements.

Objectives and Intended Learning Outcomes:
To provide students the intensive lectures about nuclear physics and the hand-on research experience for experiments at the world’s most powerful radioactive beam facility, and have interactions with world’s well-known scientists there.

Location: RIKEN, Tokyo, Japan
Duration:  From 24 July to 5 August, 2017, 2 weeks in Japan; Training at HKU in summer before the School (time is flexible)
Prerequisite: Nil
Enrolment:  up to 6
Financial support*: HK$4,800, or 80% of the total cost, whichever is the lesser. The remaining cost has to be borne by the student. Participants do not need to pay for accommodation during the stay which is provided by RIKEN.
Target group: Current majors who are interested in exploring nuclear physics and getting research experience on experiments at large-scale facility
Selection criteria: The selection will be based on academic performance.
Relation to Capstone Experience: Nil
Webpage: http://www.physics.hku.hk/~nuclear/index-summerschool.html

For further inquiries regarding this program, please contact Dr. Jenny H.C. Lee (jleehc@hku.hk).
 

(4)   Physics Department Summer Local Internship


Description:  This year, the following local internship possibilities are available:

(a) Hong Kong Science Museum (2 places)
(b) Hong Kong Space Museum (1 place)
(c) Ho Koon Nature Education cum Astronomical Centre (2 places)
(d) Secondary School teaching opportunities (exact school assignment to be determined after discussions with the students):
-  Cheung Sha Wan Catholic Secondary School (1 place)
-  St Francis of Assisi's College (1 place)
-  Yu Chun Keung Memorial College No 2 (1-2 places)

The work requirements for the positions are as follows:
(a)     Hong Kong Science Museum:
The main work is to help them in the early stage planning of one of their future exhibitions, along with assistance with their public activities.

b)    Hong Kong Space Museum:
The main work is to assist with their public activities and astronomy projects.

c)     Ho Koon Nature Education cum Astronomical Centre:
The main work is to help them to develop new educational programs in astronomy for both school children and school teachers. The intern is expected to also work in some nights.

d)    Secondary School teaching experience:
A wide range of possible duties, including, but not exclusively: preparation of teaching materials, tutors of summer learning programs, tutors of gifted science programs, assisting in public expedition activities, teaching junior form secondary school students physics and popular science

Duration: 6-8 weeks in the summer of 2017 (Exact start/end days and working hours to be determined after discussions with the internship provider)
Prerequisite: Nil
Financial support: Nil
Target group: Our current second and third year majors who would like to spend some time in the summer of 2016 to work as an intern in a local institution. Special considerations will also be given to other groups of students, such as first year majors with strong academic results and/or relevant experience.
Selection criteria: The selection will be based on the following factors: academic performance, relevant experience and aptitude. Moreover, if everything being equal, preference will be given to third year majors who have not completed capstone requirement.
Relation to Capstone Experience: For participants who have completed the requirements for the Capstone Experience (http://www.scifac.hku.hk/ug/current/bsc/curriculum/capstone-req), they can register for the course PHYS4966 Physics Internship after successful completion of this activity and use it to satisfy the Capstone Experience requirement for graduation.

For inquiries regarding this program, please contact Dr. Jason C.S. Pun (jcspun@hku.hk)

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Interested students to either one or more of these four programs should fill in an application form and submit it in hard copy together with your examination results up to now to the Department Office.

The application period commences on 9 January, 2017 (Monday) while the deadline to hand in the application is 25 January, 2017 (Wednesday).

Shortlisted applicants may be invited for interviews.  We will inform you of the result around February 2017.

Should you have any questions, please contact Dr. Jason C.S. Pun (jcspun@hku.hk)

* For students who would like to claim financial support for these activities, the expense claims, accompanied by original receipts [and used air ticket(s) if reimbursement of airfare is requested], must be submitted to Department Office not more than 30 days after the end of the activity. Expenses claimed after this period will not be allowed.

Last updated on 09 May 2017