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Quantum Information Science for Undergraduates

Primary Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
City: Cambridge
State: MA
Class Requirement: Completed Junior Year
Position Type: Education/Outreach
Discipline(s): Quantum Information Science
Description: Quantum Information Science for Undergraduates
June 14 – 18, 2010
Modern information technology is an engineering success built on the foundations of physical switching and signaling devices, algorithms, information, and control. Quantum information processing is a novel field whose foundations lie at the most fundamental physical level. At present, the first generation of quantum information researchers is distributed, worldwide, across many disciplines: physics, electrical engineering, computer science, mathematics, chemistry,... These pioneers entered the field through many educational pathways, none of which provided the broad preparation and practical perspective that will be needed to realize the reliable, distributed, large-scale quantum computing systems that will usefully implement quantum algorithms and communication protocols. Funded by the National Science Foundation under its Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) Program, the 14 MIT faculty -- drawn from seven academic departments -- who are actively engaged in quantum information research have banded together to create a graduate curriculum in quantum information science and engineering. The program, Interdisciplinary Quantum Information Science and Engineering (iQuISE), is aimed at producing the next generation of quantum information scientists and engineers. The iQuISE program is now soliciting graduate students through regular departmental procedures for fall 2010 admission.
Because many talented undergraduates may not be aware of the opportunities afforded by being in the vanguard of quantum information science and engineering, MIT will offer a special summer program Quantum Information Science for Undergraduates (QuISU) from June 14th through June 18th 2010. QuISU is for rising seniors (i.e., undergraduates about to enter their senior year) majoring in physics, computer science, engineering, or mathematics, who seek a basic knowledge of quantum information processing. The course is self-contained, assuming only a very basic knowledge of probability and linear algebra. The principal faculty will be Professor Isaac L. Chuang, co-author of the definitive textbook Quantum Computation and Quantum Information, Professor Seth Lloyd, who created the design for the first workable quantum computer, Professor Jeffrey H. Shapiro, who has pioneered the use of nonclassical light sources for communication and sensing, and Professor Scott Aaronson, whose research is defining the fundamental limits of what can efficiently be computed in the physical world. In addition to classroom instruction, students will have laboratory tours, interact with MIT graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and other faculty who work on quantum information processing.
The QuISU program can accommodate 20 students. Preference will be given to students with US citizenship. The program will cover all tuition costs for participants. Students from outside the Boston area will be housed in MIT dormitories at no cost. Women and underrepresented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply, and special funds are available to cover the travel expenses of such applicants. If you wish to avail yourself of this special support, please identify yourself as a woman or underrepresented minority in your application.
To apply for admission into the QuISU program, please send an email to containing the following files in PDF format:
? a cover letter stating your interest in the program and, if appropriate, your qualification for special funding for travel expenses;
? a completed application form (;
? a curriculum vitae, including a list of relevant subjects that you have taken in science and engineering;
? a letter of recommendation from a faculty member at your home institution.
Applications must be received by February 1, 2010. Admission decisions will be sent out by email on or before March 1, 2010.
Benefits: Housing
Meal Plan
Travel Reimbursement
Application Deadline: 02/01/2010
Job Website:
Additional Information: This is a one week Quantum Information Science workshop for rising college seniors.

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Primary Contact: Rita Tavilla
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Cambridge, MA 02139
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