I am looking for:

  • an undergraduate research program
  • in mathematics/theoretical physics
  • offered online (e.g. via skype or something)
  • given by a good institution
  • which can be followed while attending another university
  • which provides material for further study relevant to research
  • which lasts for a minimum of two months

The last two criteria are not strictly necessary. Does such a program exist?

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    $\begingroup$ It is an interesting idea to try to satisfy your first and third bullet, here. Having supervised many undergrad research projects, though, I find that a lot of information is conveyed face-to-face. My summer undergraduate researchers work with together with me for four hours each morning and write for four more hours every afternoon. This goes on for 6 straight weeks. It seems that a lot of habits are picked up through this close, sustained "apprenticeship". I can't imagine it would work virtually...but who knows! Good luck! $\endgroup$
    – Jon Bannon
    Jul 8, 2014 at 16:47
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    $\begingroup$ Somewhat as in @JonBannon's comment, it is completely unclear what "research program" could mean (at an entry level) while meeting your constraints. What do you mean by "research"? If it means simply "self-guided inquiry", without qualification about making a genuine contribution to current science, that's one thing. If it includes getting up to speed on contemporary math/phys from scratch (=undergrad level) this might be much harder to do under your constraints. $\endgroup$ Jul 9, 2014 at 15:51
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    $\begingroup$ Though you might not be able to do it online, the Caltech SURF program can be pretty flexible. i.e. I meet with my adviser once a week, but it could probably be done entirely via Skype if you have a professor that is willing to do that. $\endgroup$
    – Thoth19
    Jul 13, 2014 at 2:42


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