International Summer School for Young Physicists

Presenting Partner    RBC

ISSYP is an exciting and challenging two-week program for Canadian and international high school students with a keen interest in theoretical physics who intend to pursue physics at the university level. 

Please review the information below before you begin your application.

December 1, 2018 Applications available online
March 29, 2019 Applications must be received at PI by mail/courier 
May 1, 2019 Successful applicants notified and list published online
May 24, 2019 Acceptance and permission forms submitted
July 14 - 27, 2019 ISSYP in session

 

The program super-charges potential "Einsteins" and "Curies" with:

  • Presentations by Perimeter Institute researchers on cutting-edge theoretical physics: hot topics such as superstring theory, quantum computing and dark matter.
  • Opportunities to work with international theoretical physicists in small group mentoring sessions.
  • Mini-courses on modern physics designed to deepen their insights into Einstein's ideas and the quantum nature of our universe.
  • Hands-on labs, tours of neighbouring research facilities, and other exciting activities with like-minded students from around the globe.
  • Awareness of their own potential as potential future researchers in theoretical physics.

 

Students are welcome to apply if they:

  • have a passion for and strong ability in physics and mathematics as reflected in high school course grades and extracurricular activities.
  • are currently in the final two years of secondary school (for Canadian students, this means Grades 11 or 12 high school or first year CEGEP) and have not yet begun full-time studies at a post-secondary institution.*
  • intend to pursue studies in physics at the university level in the future.

The summer school will be conducted in English; applicants must be fluent at speaking, reading, and writing in English.

*The recommended age for ISSYP is 16-18 years of age at the time of the program, and many will have already completed Grade 11. However, students who fall outside of this age/grade range may still apply and will be considered. 

Applying to ISSYP 2019 includes 2 steps:

1. Complete the Online Registration Form. All applicants must register online before submitting their full application package by mail or courier.

2. Download, save, and complete the Application Package. A completed application package includes:

  • Personal Information Form
  • Extracurricular Activities
  • Why ISSYP is for Me Essay
  • Teacher Assessment including Student Ranking Evaluation and Teacher Written Assessment
  • Reference Letter
  • Copy of Transcript or Report of Marks (secondary school transcripts only)
  • Parental Consent and Consent to Use Personal Information Forms

The completed application package must arrive by mail or courier on or before March 29, 2019 at:

ISSYP 2019

Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

31 Caroline Street North

Waterloo, Ontario 

N2L 2Y5, Canada

Phone: 519-569-7600 x6007

Applications for now being accepted for ISSYP 2019.

Follow these guidelines when submitting your application package:

  • The completed application package must be submitted together. If your teacher or referee prefers to send a reference letter directly to Perimeter they must send it by mail or courier to arrive no later than March 29, 2019. The letter must include your full name as it appears on your application form.
  • Application packages sent by email will not be reviewed.
  • Your name, email, and country must be included in the top righthand corner of all attached documents (handwritten here is acceptable)
  • Do not staple application pages or insert them in any type of folder or plastic cover.
  • Do not include extra documents such as journal articles, awards, test scores (SAT or TOEFL), or photos with your package. Extra items will be discarded before your application is reviewed.
  • To obtain tracking information or confirmation of delivery, send your package by a trackable courier service (Fed-Ex, DHL, UPS). You may also include a self-addressed postcard for return. Due to the volume of applications received, we will not respond to emails or calls requesting confirmation of receipt.

The completed application package must arrive by mail or courier on or before March 29, 2019 at:

ISSYP 2019

Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

31 Caroline Street North

Waterloo, Ontario 

N2L 2Y5, Canada

Phone: 519-569-7600 x6007 

 

Apply Now.

Step 1: Complete the Online Registration Form

Step 2: Download the Application Package (PDF)

 

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