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Meet the “Quantum Undergraduate Research at IBM and Princeton” Interns

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The Quantum Undergraduate Research at IBM and Princeton (QURIP) program kicked off on June 10 with the selection of 10 students from institutions across the US to focus on theoretical and experimental research in quantum information. The QURIP interns explored different sides of quantum research, beginning with academic research in quantum science and engineering at Princeton, followed by industry experience in quantum computing at the IBM Quantum lab at IBM Research headquarters, the IBM Thomas J Watson Research Center.

Back Row L-R: Conner Williams (Harvard University), Rohith Karur (UC-Berkeley), Peter Scherbak (Cornell University), Erik Porter (MIT), Katherine Van Kirk (Stanford University); Front Row L-R: Sabrina Chern (Harvard University) Emma Dasgupta (University of Chicago), Audrey Saltzman (MIT), Lia Yeh (UCSB); Not pictured: Jason Necaise (MIT)

IBM and Princeton launched the program to provide an experience for aspiring scientists and engineers that connects fundamental research to industrial applications at a time in their career development when they still have considerable latitude to choose a focus for their graduate and post-graduate studies.

The undergraduates started their research at Princeton, working across a number of disciplines: quantum materials, condensed matter physics, and atomic physics to quantum information, algorithms, and architecture. Embedded in specific research groups, they worked with professors, graduate students, and postdocs on fast-paced, intensive research projects related to quantum science.

At IBM, the students focused on the science behind potential commercial applications that may in the future have a quantum advantage beyond classical computers. They are getting a taste of what it takes to develop a fully scalable quantum computing system – starting from quantum chip architecture, through cryogenic system integration, control software, and research into error correction and mitigation.

Quantum in their own words

Princeton University, which also collaborates on research with IBM in quantum computing, recently joined the IBM Quantum Network to launch a new quantum computing-focused undergraduate summer internship.

Manager of Quantum Processor & System Integration, IBM Research

Nathalie de Leon

Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering, Princeton University

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