CAPSS 2019

Canadian Astroparticle Physics Summer School

May 12-18, 2019

Application period is extended: Apply by Mar 7th, 2019.

The Canadian Astroparticle Physics Summer School (CAPSS) is an intensive week-long undergraduate school that will introduce students to the current topics in the field of astroparticle physics at Queen’s University and SNOLAB.

CAPSS 2019 will be taking place from May 12 to 18, 2019.

To find out how to apply, click here.

Activities will include:

  • Lectures and hands-on activities in particle physics, detector development, neutrino physics, dark matter astrophysics theory and cosmology, and more!
  • Tours and use of experiment labs at Queen’s
  • An enriched Masterclass on the Nobel Prize winning SNO experiment
  • A tour of the world-famous SNOLAB underground facility
  • A banquet and other social events

Topics Covered:

  • Astrophysical evidence for dark Matter: rotation curves of galaxies and the “missing mass” problem
  • Dark matter astrophysics theory and cosmology: Big Bang nucleosynthesis, the Cosmic Microwave Background, formation of structure
  • Models and signals of dark matter: observed correlations in the CMB, the dark matter complementarity diagram, dark matter candidates
  • Direction detection of dark mark matter: basics (nuclear recoild, backgrounds, etc.), applications (noble liquid/gas detectors, solid state detectors, oddball detectors), current status of research in field
  • Neutrino oscillations and the SNO experiment, neutrino mass theory and experiment, and neutrinoless double-beta decay


A detailed schedule for CAPSS 2019 is available here: SCHEDULE.


Prof. Joseph Bramante (Queen’s/MI)
Prof. Erica Caden (SNOLAB/Laurentian)
Prof. Ken Clark (Queen’s/MI)
Prof. Guillaume Giroux (Queen’s/MI)
Prof. Ian Lawson (SNOLAB/Laurentian)
Prof. Ryan Martin (Queen’s)
Prof. Tony Noble (Queen’s/MI)
Dr. Tom Sonley (SNOLAB)
Prof. Kristine Spekkens (Royal Military College)
Prof. Aaron Vincent (Queen’s/MI)
Prof. Lawrence Widrow (Queen’s)

Target Audience

This school is targeted towards strong 2nd year and 3rd year undergraduate students. We also welcome students in their 4th year who will not have graduated by the time they attend CAPSS 2019. Both Canadian and international students are welcomed to apply.

Registration Fee & Funding

There is no registration fee, but successful applicants will need to pay a pre-registration fee of $100, reimbursable upon completion of the school.
We will provide accommodations, meals (breakfast and lunch only), one banquet dinner, and transportation from Queen’s University to SNOLAB and back.
At this time, we will not be providing travel funding to our successful applicants, but encourage them to explore sources of funding for travel from their home institutions.

More Information

More questions? Check out our online FAQ to see if it has been answered already. If you’d like to contact us directly, you can do so at summerschool@mcdonaldinstitute.ca

Students at the CAPSS 2018 Closing Reception at Science North


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