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About TYPE

The Transition year Physics experience (TYPE) program in the School of Physics at Trinity College Dublin was created to meet the demand of transition year students requesting work experience in the physical sciences. It consists of a week long event accepting 48 students from all over Ireland. Because of increasing demand we also provide two additional 1 day events focusing on the areas of astrophysics and nanoscience respectively which accommodate an additional 100 students each.

Although we can not employ students directly in a lab without the training and experience that comes with 3rd level education, we can however give them an experience of what academic research entails. During the week long program the students receive lectures in a variety of cutting edge areas from the active research staff in the School of Physics. They will take part in hands on demonstrations elucidating fundamental principles of physics. On top of this they will be asked to perform their own research in an area of interest to them. This entails researching an area as part of a team, and creating an A0 poster on the topic for a presentation to staff and peers at the end of the week. Prizes are awarded for best design and best content.

During the week-long event the students will interact with undergraduate students currently taking the TR063 (Physics) and TR035 (Theoretical Physics) courses. This will give them a chance to ask specific questions about what the courses entail and how the students. They will be given general information on differences to expect between secondary school and college life, and what support systems will be available to them.

Important dates

TYPE week 2019 will run from Monday October 21st to Friday October 25th 2019.
The one day events are scheduled for Tuesday 3rd December and Thursday 5th December.
A link to the online application will be sent to schools on Week ending Friday 30th August.
The application period will remain open from Friday 30th August to Friday 20th September.
A random draw will take place the following week and schools will be informed of the outcome by Friday 27th September. Where possible we try to accommodate students not selected for the TYPE week in the 1 day events in December.

A summary of important dates are given below:

Online application opens

30th August 2019

Online application closes

20th September 2019

Schools informed of outcome

27th September 2019

TYPE week starts

21st October 2019

TYPE nanoscience day

3rd December 2019

TYPE astrophysics day

5th December 2019