Extracurricular Projects

Summer Projects at Oxford

Each summer there are opportunities for students to stay in Oxford to work on a research project under the supervision of a member of the Mathematical Institute.  Summer projects last for between 4 and 10 weeks.  The projects usually require a knowledge of second-year mathematics and are principally aimed at second and third years (fourth year students are welcome to undertake summer projects too but some projects and funding sources will not be suitable for them). 

Ideas for Summer Projects

During Michaelmas term the department will circulate details of some of the summer projects which have been proposed by faculty members. You may have your own idea for a summer project so you should not feel limited to the projects which have been proposed.

Finding a Supervisor

You are welcome to approach any of the supervisors who have proposed a summer project.  In addition, you can approach any member of the department to ask whether they could supervise a summer project; your college tutor will be able to advise you about this.  In both cases, you should discuss the project with your potential supervisor, to give you and the supervisor an opportunity to think further about what the project might involve, and whether you are the right student to do it.

Finding Funding

Once you have found a supervisor, you will need to find funding for your project.  You should talk to your supervisor and college tutor who may be aware of possible funding sources, for example some colleges have funds you can apply to for financial assistance. 

The department has some funding for summer projects and details of how to apply for this will be sent out in Michaelmas term.  The department will also circulate emails about other possible sources of funding and you should look out for these.