Last year IBM and Princeton University started the Quantum Undergraduate Research at IBM and Princeton (QURIP) program, during which 10 students from educational institutions across the United States spent the summer focused on theoretical and experimental research in quantum computing. We have been thrilled to see some of the successes that QURIP intern alumni have gone on to achieve. For example, Lia Yeh and Emma Dasgupta earned the gold and bronze prizes at the ACM Student Research Competition at the MICRO Symposium in October. Lia won the gold prize for her project “Benchmarking ZX-Calculus Circuit Optimization Against Qiskit Transpilation” and Emma won the bronze prize for her project “Statistical Assertions for Debugging in Qiskit.” You can learn more about the work of QURIP interns in 2019 from our recap blog post.
IBM and Princeton University are happy to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2020 QURIP program.
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)
QURIP interns will spend six weeks during the summer of 2020 conducting academic research in quantum science and engineering at Princeton University, followed by six weeks of IBM Quantum industry research at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York. The QURIP program provides rising scientists and engineers experience with fundamental research and industrial applications, helping students develop their careers and chart a path through their graduate and post-graduate studies.
Aspiring QURIP interns will apply to be embedded in one of a number of research groups at Princeton University to work across a number of disciplines including quantum materials, condensed matter physics, atomic physics, quantum information science, quantum algorithms, and quantum architecture. At IBM, QURIP interns will advance the field of quantum computing by applying the fundamental science of quantum information to research and development that potentially leads to commercial applications of quantum computing. This includes everything from quantum chip architecture, cryogenic system integration, control software, and error correction and mitigation.
During their time at IBM, QURIP interns will join a cohort of IBM Quantum intern researchers, engineers, and developers who are contributing to the open source Qiskit project, conducting fundamental research into quantum computing, and helping people understand the relevance of quantum computing. QURIP interns will have access to the IBM Quantum internship program which connects undergraduate and graduate students with each other, with university programs, with IBM Q Network firms, and with the quantum computing community. IBM Quantum interns have the opportunity to gain valuable skills and experiences essential for future professional opportunities, as well as continued studies.
Key information about the 2020 QURIP program:
Application Deadline: March 16, 2020 March 23, 2020 (note: application deadline has been extended)
Stipend and Housing: Provided by Princeton and IBM
Eligibility: US citizens and permanent residents
Starts: June 8, 2020 or June 15, 2020 (depending on your academic calendar)
Ends: August 28, 2020 or September 4, 2020 (depending on your academic calendar)
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