The NMU-NITheCS Internship program for 2022-2023 will be held under the main theme “Connecting Quarks to the Cosmos, Connecting People with the Universe” . The main subject matter will be Matter Under Extreme Conditions in Heavy Ion Collisions and Astrophysics which is an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary subject as it is born at the borders between particle and nuclear physics, astrophysics, gravitation, and cosmology. This will allow the collaboration of final year BSc, BSc (Honours), and MSc students from different disciplines such as mathematics, physics, statistics, and computing to learn and to find solutions to cross-disciplinary scientific questions. The main topics that the interns will address during the internship program include:
  • Compact Stars as Laboratories for Matter at Extremes and Fundamental Physics
  • Theoretical & Computational Biophysics
  • Physics and Evolution of the Early Universe
  • The IYBSSD and the IUPAP centenary-100 years of physics in Africa (the past, present and future)
  • Physics of Core-collapse Supernovae
  • Relativistic Fluid Dynamics in Heavy-Ion Collisions and Particle & Nuclear Astrophysics
  • Theory and Phenomenology of Relativistic Heavy-Ion Collisions
  • Relativistic Kinetic Theory in Heavy-Ion Collisions and Particle & Nuclear Astrophysics
  • Statistical and Thermal Physics in Heavy-Ion Collision and Particle & Nuclear Astrophysics
The interns will have interactive sessions at Nelson Mandela University Gqeberha from the 28th of November 2022 to the 23rd December 2022. During the first week of December, the interns will also get to attend the 7th African School of Physics (ASP2022) which will be hosted at Nelson Mandela University in parallel with the internship. The internship program will then resume online from mid-January 2023 to mid-July 2023. Around June-July interns will present their findings at conferences, webinars and seminars under the banner of NMU-NITheCS 2022/2023 Internship Programme. At the end of the internship a final report will have to be submitted by the interns.