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Physics and astronomy research projects

Summer scholarships

Summer scholarships are intended for Curtin’s outstanding recently completed first, second and third year students wishing to undertake research experience aligned with their Physics Stream of interest.

Project information

Current projects

You are welcome to choose any project from the categories below. Please get in touch with the prospective supervisor, and once an agreement has been reached provide the details to the projects coordinator, Jacob Martin at

Extragalactic radio astronomy

Solar System

Accretions, jets and slow transients

Epoch of reionisation

Pulsars and fast transients

Particle astrophysics


Computational quantum physics

Students interested in computational or theoretical physics are encouraged to consider projects in the Theoretical Physics Group. This is a research intensive group, which was (2007-2013) a node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for AntimatterMatter Studies. It specialises in the field of Quantum Collision Physics. Such processes occur all around us, and include all chemical reactions. More specifically, our area of expertise is for projectiles, which include electrons, positrons, photons, protons and antiprotons, colliding with atoms, ions and molecules. Applications include astrophysics, fusion energy, lighting, material and medical diagnostics.

Presently, there is considerable demand from astrophysicists and fusion physicists for the generation of electron/positron-atom/molecule collision data. Depending on the student’s background knowledge and scope of the project, individual research projects will range from data generation and evaluation, utilising super computer facilities, through to extending the computational capacity to be able to tackle new collision problems. The expectation is that the research outcomes would be published in the best physics journals. The specific details of the project will be determined by discussion with the particular staff of the Theoretical Physics Group. Some examples are listed below.

Carbon group

Energy storage

John de Laeter centre (experimental physics)

Centre for marine science and technology

Planetary science

Applied mathematics

Computational biophysics

Industry projects

Medical research sciences