Theoretical Advanced Study Institute in Elementary Particle Physics (TASI)


TASI has been held each summer since 1984, originally at Michigan, Yale, Santa Cruz, Santa Fe and Brown, and since 1989 in Boulder. Each year, typically, some sixty of the most promising advanced theory graduate students in the United States, along with a few beginning postdocs and experimental graduate students, have attended TASI. TASI-2016 will be held from Monday, June 6 to Friday, July 1 at the University of Colorado Boulder. The emphasis shifts from year to year, but typically, there have been courses of lectures on phenomenology, field theory, string physics, and the particle - astrophysics interface, as well as seminars on other theoretical and experimental topics. It has been highly successful, especially in introducing students to a broader range of ideas than they normally experience at their home institutions or while working on their dissertation topics.

The themes of the previous three TASI's were “Particle Physics: the Higgs Boson and Beyond," “Searching for New Physics at Small and Large Scales,” and “New Frontiers in Fields and Strings". The theme of TASI-2016 will be "Anticipating the Next Discoveries in Particle Physics".

TASI has limited funds to support participants. In past years, most of the participants were given full/partial support to take care of the cost of meals and accommodation at one of the residence halls on campus. But because of the funding cuts this year, TASI may not be able to offer support at the same level as in previous years; it is unlikely there will be any funds to support travel. We urge home institutions to support their students to the maximum extent possible.

TASI is managed by a Scientific Advisory Board. Presently, its members are S. Dawson, Chair (BNL), G. Gelmini (UCLA), T. Han (Pittsburg), T. LeCompte (Fermilab), J. Maldacena (Princeton, IAS), and W. Taylor (MIT). T. DeGrand (Colorado) is the General Director. K. T. Mahanthappa was the General Director for twenty-five years (1989-2013).

TASI is supported by the University of Colorado, Boulder, The Department of Energy, and The National Science Foundation.


Boulder is forty miles from Denver International Airport. The campus is located at the foot of the Rocky Mountains at an elevation of 5400 feet. The weather during June is usually quite pleasant, with a temperature range of 55 F to 85 F, low humidity, and regular afternoon thunderstorms. A sweater is a necessity and rain gear is useful.

Housing and Meals

Students will be housed in one of the residence halls on campus, two people per room. There are a few single rooms. Each room is equipped with two single beds. With arrival on June 5 (Sunday) and departure on July 2 (Saturday), all weekday meals and Saturday brunch will be provided, except on July 2. The cost of lodging and board for this period will be approximately $1700 per person.

Registration Fees

As per the laws of the State of Colorado and the policies of the University of Colorado Boulder, all registrants should hereby be aware that some portion of the registration fee will be used to purchase alcoholic beverages.