Local and Overseas Summer Programs

Local and Overseas Summer Programs for Undergraduate Students 2020
 

Our Department is soliciting applications from undergraduate students majoring or planning to major in Astronomy/Maths-Physics/Physics for the following undergraduate local and overseas summer programs in 2020.  

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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 CERN, Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Princeton, MIT, Caltech and Stanford. Some possible internship attachments this year includes Dr Hanieh Fattahi at (Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light MPL, Germany) on theoretical and/or experimental ultrafast optics and laser science; Prof Dr Hans Jakob Woerner (ETH Zurich, Switzerland) on theoretical and/or experimental physical chemistry and ultrafast spectroscopy; Prof Jeff Tseng (Oxford) on experimental neutrino physics.

** Accepted participants are also required to apply for the Overseas Research Fellowship of the Faculty of Science (https://www.scifac.hku.hk/current/ug/el/research/srf-orf).
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:  1
Financial support*: Up to HKD 12,000 (exact level of support subjected to university regulations). All selected and eligible candidates are required to apply for other funding sources such as the Faculty of Science Overseas Research Fellowship and the Li & Fung Scholarship at Oxford University, even though students may only receive sponsorship from one funding source. Detailed arrangements of the financial support will be provided later to the selected candidates.
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 (https://webapp.science.hku.hk/sr4/servlet/enquiry?frmid=MenuE), they may register for the course PHYS4966 Physics Internship before the commencement of this activity and no later than 15 July, 2020. Details will be announced in due course. Participants may use PHYS4966 to satisfy the Capstone Experience requirement for graduation.

(2)   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 (1-2 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 (2 positions):
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 (1 position):
The main work is to assist with their public activities and astronomy projects.

c)     Ho Koon Nature Education cum Astronomical Centre (1-2 positions):
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 (3-4 positions):
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: 8 weeks in the summer of 2020 (Exact start/end days and working hours to be determined after discussions with the internship provider)
Prerequisite: Nil
Financial support: Nil
Target group: Current second and third year majors who would like to spend some time in the summer of 2020 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 (https://webapp.science.hku.hk/sr4/servlet/enquiry?frmid=MenuE), they may register for the course PHYS4966 Physics Internship before the commencement of this activity and no later 15 July, 2020. Details will be announced in due course. Participants may use PHYS4966 to satisfy the Capstone Experience requirement for graduation.

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

The application period commences on 5 February, 2020 (Wednesday) while the deadline to email the application form (to phys-student@hku.hk) is 12 February, 2020 (Wednesday). Shortlisted applicants may be invited for interviews.

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

* Remarks: 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.

Undergraduate Overseas Experiential Learning Activities 2018-19
 

Our Department is soliciting applications from undergraduate students majoring or planning to major in Astronomy/Maths-Physics/Physics for the following undergraduate experiential learning activities for 2019. These activities will take place during the summer of 2019. Students who had already applied for the Local and Overseas Summer Programs for Undergraduate Students 2019 may also apply to these activities. It should be noted though that the internship candidate need to receive prior approval from their internship supervisors before they can participate in these activities.  

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(1)   Practical Observational Astronomy

Description:

  1. Preparation at HKU (installing and familiarizing with data reduction software, practice data reduction, lectures on astrophysics related to learning activities)
  2. Visit to CEFCA (Teruel, Spain), OAJ and Galáctica (Teruel province, Spain)
  3. Attend talks on J-PAS survey and science (CEFCA)
  4. Visit to OAJ
  5. Imaging and spectroscopy of the Sun at Galáctica (dayime)
  6. Imaging and spectroscopy of stars and galaxies at Galáctica (nighttime)
  7. Data reduction and analyses
  8. Interpretation of results 
  9. Student oral presentations and written reports 
     

Location: University of Hong Kong (27 to 30 May, 2019) and Teruel (CEFCA) and Teruel province (OAJ, and Galáctica), Spain (31 May to 16 June, 2019)
Duration:  21 days (27 May to 16 June, 2019)
Pre-requisite: Nil
Enrolment:  up to 10
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$10,000 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

Additional information can be found here. For inquiries regarding this program, please contact Dr. Jeremy J.L. Lim (jjlim@hku.hk).
 

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


Description:
The 13th Nishina School for Nuclear Physics will be held for 2 weeks on 30 July to 12 August, 2019 (dates are tentative) at RIKEN research institute in Tokyo, Japan. The RIKEN Nishina Center (RNC) has commenced Nishina School to enhance international research relationship in the Asian Region in the field of nuclear physics. In this program, 5 undergraduate students are being accepted from Peking University, Seoul National University and Universities in Japan, as well as The University of Hong Kong (since from 2016) respectively.

The curriculum of the 2-week 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. Another one-week training at HKU is scheduled before the summer school to provide the needed basic knowledge to the participants.

Location: RIKEN, Tokyo, Japan
Duration:  From 23 July to 12 August, 2019 (Tentative): 2 weeks in Japan; Training at HKU in summer before the School  (1 week, time is flexible)
Prerequisite: Nil
Enrolment:  up to 5
Financial support*: HK$5,000, or 80% of the total cost, whichever is the lesser. The remaining cost has to be borne by the student.
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: https://www.physics.hku.hk/~nuclear/index%20-%20SummerSchool.html

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

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

The application period commences on 21 January, 2019 (Monday) while the deadline to hand in the application is 13 February, 2019 (Wednesday).

Shortlisted applicants may be invited for interviews.  We will inform you of the result around March 2019.

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

* Remarks: Eligible items include travel expenses, accommodation and registration/programme fee (if applicable). Meals and local (Hong Kong) travel cost are not supported. 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 10 March 2020