The BCCP-Peking University Summer Student Visitor program aims to connect best undergraduate students of physics from Peking University with the research activities at the Berkeley Center for Cosmological Physics (BCCP). BCCP is part of the physics department of the University of California, Berkeley. The center aims to understand the origin and evolution of the universe through a series of programs to define the observations, experiments, concepts, and simulations needed to answer the fundamental questions in cosmology. [See http://bccp.berkeley.edu for more information]
The visitor program hosts up to 3 visiting students each summer (dates are flexible) on the UC Berkeley main campus. We also encourage longer stays, such as one semester and a summer if appropriate arrangements on course work can be made. Advanced researcher (postdoc or above) will mentor the academic research of the student after acceptance. Funding may be available to partially or fully cover the living and visa expenses, depending on the student needs and availability of funding.
Two tracks are offered. The track assignment will be flexible according to the needs of the student and BCCP. Students must indicate in their application which track they are interested in (can be both).
Data Science track
The visitor will investigate techniques in statistics, machine learning and data science, and their applications to data analysis and related topics in physical sciences, including cosmology. The necessary mentorship on the topic will be provided.
The visitor will conduct a research project on theoretical models, data analysis or computer simulations in cosmology.
In both tracks the results of the project will be an internal report or a publication. In the later case the student is expected to follow through the referee process until the final publication, which may last one year after the program.
- Currently enrolled undergraduate student; at least one academic year, and no more than two years, before planned graduation (incoming junior and incoming senior); majoring in or focusing on physics or astronomy;
- Language: fluent in English;
- Excellent academic record is strongly preferred; Prior research experience and / or course project is desirable;
- Adequate computing skills: data structures, comfortable with terminals and remote connections; data analysis with Python; some projects may require additional skills; prior HPC and GPU experience is a plus, but not required;
- Physics: classical mechanics, thermal dynamics and modern physics; background knowledge of cosmology is beneficial, but not required.
- Statement: a short essay describing your prior experience and motivation (1 page at most), written in English without outside / professional help;
- Resume and a copy of transcripts; please indicate ranking in the class;
- Letters of reference (at least one, up to three); must be from current or previous mentors (e.g. research or project advisors);
Please send applications to: firstname.lastname@example.org