Who: Participating students should be rising juniors or seniors who will be age 18 or over by March 1 of the program year. Students should also be U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents. At least a little previous programming, scientific computing, and/or relevant coursework is recommended.

What: Full-time summer research experience including joint computing seminars and social activities, plus an individualized project working in a UNC research group. Hands-on seminars cover python and linux scripting, mathematical modeling, visualization, Monte Carlo simulation, high-performance computing, high-throughput computing, and real-time instrument control. Individual student research projects span a wide range of astronomy and physics subfields, with opportunities from beginner to advanced levels in computing. Students are also coached on data display and presentation skills for poster and talk sessions, as well as on preparing for and applying to graduate school.

When: Taking a break in summer 2017, please check back next year!

Where: UNC Chapel Hill Physics & Astronomy Department. A $5000 summer stipend along with up to $500 toward travel to Chapel Hill will be provided. Housing is also arranged on campus and all program participants live together. Chapel Hill is located in the vibrant Research Triangle area of North Carolina, with urban amenities surrounding a lovely campus and beautiful mountains and beaches a short drive away.

Why: Gain research experience and professional skills from a fun and challenging summer program with a computational theme.

How: Link to the application page. Applicants will need to complete an online form and provide an essay and transcript in pdf format (an unofficial transcript is okay for now but must be replaced with an official one if the student is accepted). Students must also arrange for two letters of recommendation. The deadline for all materials including recommendation letters is Feb. 1. Rolling admissions will begin March 1.

Questions: Contact capprogram@unc.edu for more information.

Note to Local Students: There are many other opportunities for summer research. Visit the UNC Physics and Astronomy undergraduate research page for more information.

We learned a lot and had a great time last summer! Here are some of the highlights:

A student at the weekly program lunch with her mentors. Two students working hard in the computer lab.
Interactive tutorial. Hands-on at the Remote Observing Center.
Midsummer poster presentation. Midsummer poster presentation.
Students listen to a seminar presentation. Interactive tutorial on computer visualization.
CAP participants ham it up between final presentations. Student giving his final presentation.
Presentation of the CAPstone award at the banquet. Can you handle it?