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Summer Undergraduate Research Exchange (SURE)

Summer Undergraduate Research Exchange (SURE)


The Summer Undergraduate Research Exchange (SURE) Program is supported by generous donations from friends and alumni of Physics Department, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

What is it?

A chance for our students to take up summer research projects in leading institutes overseas, so that they can gain invaluable experience and exposure to forefront research.

Who are eligible to apply?

If you are an undergraduate student majoring in PHYS in the year after you return from SURE, you are eligible to apply. Past participants of SURE are not eligible. You should also have a good academic record and good command of English. We look for motivated students who have a solid physics or materials science background, who are independent, creative, and get along well with collaborators.

How about stipend and airfare?

Successful applicants will be offered financial support for the summer*. Participants will have to arrange and pay for all travel and other expenses.

*If the project is conducted online and no travel expense is incurred, the financial support will be capped at HK$10,000.


Late September Announcement of topics and supervisors
December 11, 2023 Deadline of application
Late December, 2023 Interview with short-listed applicants
Late December, 2023 Successful applicants will be informed
Early January, 2024 Successful applicants will be confirmed
February – Mid May, 2024 Preparation and Coaching program
June, 2024 Start working on the project

Tentative List of projects for Summer 2024

CERN Experiments (2 projects, for Year-3 students only)
CERN Summer Program CERN (Switzerland)
Event Horizon Telescope
Dr. Chi-Kwan Chan University of Arizona (USA)
Radio Astronomy with Giant Telescopes – Zeeman observations with FAST and VLA
Dr. Tao-Chung Ching National Radio Astronomy Observatory (USA)
Research projects at the intersection of gravitational lensing and gravitational waves
Prof. Tom Collett University of Portsmouth (UK)
Measuring masses of galaxy clusters with weak gravitational lensing
Prof. Ian Dell’antonio Brown University (USA)

Novel particle shower reconstruction for high-granularity calorimeters

Prof. Loukas Gouskas Brown University (USA)
Optical atomic clock   National Institute of Metrology of China, Beijing
Ultracold quantum gas mixture   National Tsinghua University, Hsinchu
Research projects at the intersection of gravitational lensing and gravitational waves
Prof. Ian Harry University of Portsmouth (UK)
Computational Astrophysics (multiple projects)
Prof. Shirley Ho Flatiron Institute (USA)
Accelerator-based nuclear physics
Dr. Tadaaki Isobe RIKEN (Japan)
Topics in theoretical quantum optics and quantum information science (for Year-3 students only)
Prof. Hoi-Kwan Lau Simon Fraser University (Canada)
Radio Astronomy with Giant Telescopes- Probing interstellar magnetic field with FAST and JCMT
Dr. Di Li The Five-Hundred-Meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST)
Charting the growth of galaxy evolution
Prof. Allison Man University of British Columbia (Canada)
Topological superconductor platform towards topological quantum computation (for Year-3 students only)
Prof. Guo-Xing Miao IQC & ECE, University of Waterloo (Canada)
1. Super-Kamiokande and Hyper-Kamiokande Detector Calibration and Machine Learning AnalysisAnalysis of the CERN
2. Water Cherenkov Test Experiment

Prof.  Patrick De Perio IPMU, University of Tokyo
Tuning quantum materials through lattice strain
Prof. Kemp Plumb Brown University (USA)
Star formation and HI structures in our Galaxy
Prof. Keping Qiu Nanjing University (China)
Measuring patterns formed by a spreading bacterial colony over agar surface
Prof. Jay Tang Brown University (USA)
Radio Astronomy with Giant Telescopes  Probing Dwarf Galaxy Systems with FAST and SKA
Dr. Chao-wei Tsai National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  1. SNO+ neutrino research
  2. LSST cosmological survey

Prof. Jeff Tseng Oxford University (UK)

* To be confirmed

Briefing session

Briefing sessions will be held on October 06 (4:30 pm, Friday, SC G25) and October 12 (4:30 pm, Thursday, SC G25), 2023.


SURE and OPUS presentations would be held right after the briefing sessions.

Participants’ responsibilities

  1. Successful applicants have to complete a coaching program before departing from Hong Kong. Poor performance in the program may lead to his/her disqualification.
  2. After returning to Hong Kong, each student has to give both an oral and a written report on his/her research project.
  3. A successful applicant has to apply for an entry VISA by himself/herself.

Application Form

Download: Word Format


Can a participant still do a final-year project?

This is up to your potential final-year project supervisor. It is your responsibility to tell your potential supervisor that you plan to go overseas in the summer. You may have to make a choice between going overseas and a final-year project.

What is the coaching program about?

A successful applicant has to read papers, which provide a general background of his/her summer project. If necessary, training in using lab equipment and/or computers will also be provided.

Can I take summer courses if I take up an on-line project?

No. You are expected to commit full-time to your project.


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