"String Theory"
July 19 - July 30, 2004

Prospects in Theoretical Physics 2004 (PiTP) was an intensive two-week summer program designed for graduate students considering a career in theoretical physics. First held by the School of Natural Sciences at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) in the summer of 2002, the PiTP Program is designed to provide lecture courses and informal sessions on the latest advances and open questions in various areas of theoretical physics.

One of the goals of the program is to help train the next generation of scholars in theoretical physics. A special effort is made to reach out to women and minorities, as well as to graduate students in small universities who typically do not have the same opportunities and access to leaders in the field as graduate students in large research institutions.

The 2004 program was held from July 19-30, and the topic was String Theory. The program was geared toward advanced graduate students in the field, and 4th and 5th year students actively involved in research were considered for admission. PiTP 2004 was organized more like a workshop than a school, with lectures in the mornings, and afternoons left free for interactions among the students and between students and lecturers. The students were expected to play an active role in the workshop.

PiTP 2004 accepted a total of 57 graduate students, including participants from local and nearby institutions, who were required to submit an application if interested in attending. Accepted students were expected to be in residence for the entire duration of the program. Local accommodations and partial meal support were offered to accepted participants.

Prospects in Theoretical Physics builds on the strong relationship of the research groups at the Institute and Princeton University, and many faculty members from the physics and astrophysics departments at Princeton University are actively involved in the program together with scientists from neighboring institutions.  Organizers and lecturers for PiTP 2004 included: Juan Maldacena, Nathan Seiberg and Edward Witten (IAS); Curtis Callan, Steven Gubser, Nissan Itzhaki, Igor Klebanov, Chiara Nappi, Alexander Polyakov, Leonardo Rastelli and Paul Steinhardt (Princeton University); Louise Dolan (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill); Burt Ovrut (University of Pennsylvania); Stephen Shenker (Stanford University);  Kenneth Intriligator (University of California at San Diego); and Charles Thorn (University of Florida in Gainesville). 

For further information, please contact Susan Higgins, (609) 734-8389; e-mail: shiggins@ias.edu

2004 Program Photos

2004 Program Schedule

2004 Program Goals

2004 Participant Information

Archive (2003 Program)

Archive (2002 Program)


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