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U of W’s quantum cryptography summer program

The Quantum Cryptography School for Young Students (QCSYS) is a unique, eight-day enrichment program for students hosted by the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Waterloo.

QCSYS will run from Friday, Aug. 11 to Friday, Aug. 18 next year, with students arriving on Thursday, Aug. 10 and departing on Saturday, Aug. 19. The school offers an interesting blend of lectures, hands-on experiments and group work focused on quantum cryptography — a cutting-edge field that utilizes the fascinating laws of quantum mechanics to develop unbreakable encryption that protects communication.

Students get a first-hand look into the physics and mathematics of quantum mechanics, cryptography and how they merge into one of the most exciting topics in contemporary science: quantum cryptography. Participants meet and collaborate with some of the most renowned researchers the field has to offer. Daily social activities encourage relationship building between participants.

There’s a registration fee of $250 due upon acceptance into the program. Students are responsible to book and pay for their travel to and from Waterloo. Bursaries are available to help cover the costs of registration and travel. All students, including those from the Waterloo region, stay in a university residence with QCSYS chaperones. The program has space for 40 participants.

QCSYS is for students who are:

  • age 15 and older;
  • enrolled in or have completed Grade 11 mathematics or higher (Grade 11 physics is recommended but not mandatory);
  • and fluent in English.

The application for QCSYS 2017 is now open. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 24, 2017 at 5 p.m. (EDT).

Please refer to the FAQs page if you have any questions. Email iqc.qcsys@uwaterloo.ca if you require additional information.