LMS Undergraduate Summer Schools

The LMS Undergraduate Summer Schools are annual two-week courses, which are held every Summer at a UK university. The aim is to introduce modern mathematics to the best UK undergraduates who will enter their final year the following Autumn, and encourage them to think about an academic career in maths. The LMS Undergraduate Summer School consists of a combination of short lecture courses with problem-solving sessions and colloquium-style talks from leading mathematicians. 50 places are available to students per year.

The LMS Early Career Research Committee is responsible for the overall management and funding of the LMS Undergraduate Summer Schools. 

Please email any questions about the LMS Undergraduate Summer Summer Schools to lmssummerschool@lms.ac.uk

2021 LMS Undergraduate Summer School - University of Swansea, 12-23 July 2021

 Course Lecturers  Colloquium Speakers
 Ivan Cheltsov (Edinburgh)  Christina Cobbold (Glasgow)  
 Tobias Kuna (Reading)  Michael Grinfeld (Strathclyde)
 Carlo Marinelli (UCL)  Ian Leary (Southampton) 
 Enrico Scalas (Sussex)  Felipe Rincon (QMUL) 
 Sarah Whitehouse (Sheffield)  Melanie Rupflin (Oxford) 
 Sophie Morier-Genoud (Paris 6)  Caroline Series (Warwick) 
   Arkadiusz Wiśniowski  (Manchester)

Further details including the programme are available on the LMS Undergraduate Summer School website here.

Criteria for Nominations

Nominations for places at the next LMS Undergraduate Summer School are now closed. UK institutions were invited to nominate three candidates on either a three or four year degree course from their institution who would commence their final year of study in autumn 2021. The final attendees were decided by the local Organising Committee at the University of Swansea.
To achieve an inclusive and cooperative working atmosphere, each LMS Undergraduate Summer School is usually limited to 50 in-person participants, so the organisers will need to be highly selective.  Indeed a high level of ability and enthusiasm for mathematics is essential to enjoy and benefit from the LMS Undergraduate Summer School.
Participation of women students in the LMS Undergraduate Summer School is particularly important as there is a recognised lack of women continuing on to postgraduate study.  To this end UK Institutions are asked to nominate both female and male students. 

Registration Fees

The Society asks that for each candidate accepted onto the LMS Undergraduate Summer School their home Department provides a £250 contribution if the student is attending in person or £25 contribution if the student is attending remotely.
How to Nominate

Nominated students should complete the Nomination form  for the LMS Undergraduate Summer School 2021 and return it to your Head of Department or LMS Representative who will forward nominations to the LMS. 

The deadline for nominations was 26 March 2021.  If you have any queries, please contact Lucy Covington, Membership & Grants Administrator: lmssummerschool@lms.ac.uk.

2022 LMS Undergraduate Summer School - Venue to be confirmed.

Further details will be available soon. 

The Call for Expressions of Interest to host the LMS Undergraduate Summer School in 2023 - now open; deadline 22 February 2022.

A grant of up £24,000 plus income from registration fees (£250 per registered student attending in-person and £25 per registered student attending remotely)  is available to support the costs of the LMS Undergraduate Summer School that can accommodate at least 50 undergraduate students attending in-person and up to 200 undergraduates attending remotely. 

The London Mathematical Society has held an annual LMS Undergraduate Summer School, aimed at introducing enthusiastic undergraduate students to modern mathematical research, since 2015.  The LMS Undergraduate Summer Schools take place for a two-week period in July and have proved very popular.  

What is required of the LMS Undergraduate Summer School host? 

The host institution will be responsible for providing the infrastructure of the LMS Undergraduate Summer School to take place as a hybrid event.  This will include: 

  • Catered accommodation for 50-55 undergraduates. 
  • Accommodation (if necessary) for lecturers. 
  • Lecture room(s) for the talks. 
  • Online facilities and engagement for virtual participation for up to 200 undergraduates.
  • Providing, if necessary, PhD students to assist the LMS Undergraduate Summer School e.g in exercises. 
  • Organising social activity and weekend excursions. 

Developing, the programme of scientific content. 

The host organisation would normally establish a local organising committee to manage the LMS Undergraduate Summer School, and must provide a specific local lead organiser who will be an academic in the Mathematics Department of the host institution.  The local organising committee should also provide a designated contact in the institution’s finance department who can manage payments. 

How does the LMS support the organisation of the LMS Undergraduate Summer School? 

The LMS Undergraduate Summer Schools are funded by an LMS Grant to be made to the host institution, together with payments made by departments of successful applicants (£250 per student attending in-person and £25 per student attending remotely), which are collected by the LMS and transferred to the host in full. 

The LMS will administer the entire application process, including the collation of nominations from departments and handling any queries prior to the selection of participants by the host department. The LMS Undergraduate Summer School will be advertised by the LMS in bulletins, the LMS Newsletter and through social media. Host institutions may send three eligible undergraduates to the school. 

The process to select a host 

All Expressions of Interests received will be considered by the LMS Early Career Research Committee. Previous hosts have been Loughborough (2015), Kent (2016), Manchester (2017), Glasgow (2018), Leeds (2019) and Swansea (postponed from 2020 and hosted online in 2021) The venue for 2022 School will be announced soon.

Previous LMS Undergraduate Summer Schools

2021 - University of Swansea

2019 - University of Leeds

2018 - University of Glasgow

2017 - University of Manchester

2016 - University of Kent

2015 - Loughborough University