Published: Aug. 30, 2023

TASI participants gathered in front of Farrand Field

The 2023 TASI participants gather for a group photograph at Farrand Field. Image credit: Veronica Lingo

The 39th annual Theoretical Advanced Study Institute in Elementary Particle Physics (TASI) was held this summer on the CU Boulder campus. The summer institute is supported by the National Science Foundation and the University of Colorado Boulder, and it has been hosted in Boulder every year since 1989.

CU Boulder Physics Professors Oliver DeWolfe and Ethan Neil lead the program as Co-Directors and local organizers of TASI. Each summer, TASI brings distinguished lecturers from around the nation to Boulder to present lectures and seminars to advanced theoretical physics graduate students over a four-week period. 

TASI aims to introduce students to a broader range of ideas than they are typically exposed to at their home institutions and features a different focus area each year. Previous years have covered topics including phenomenology, field theory, string theory, mathematical physics, and the interface between particle physics and astrophysics. This year the focus was “Aspects of Symmetry.”

“The TASI summer school draws many of the best and brightest students in theoretical particle physics from around the world to Boulder for four weeks of intensive study. While we are honored to host the school physically here at CU, a rotating set of external scientific organizers ensures that the school’s focus is always topical and interesting. This year we’re especially grateful to Professors Ibrahima Bah (Johns Hopkins University), Ken Intriligator (University of California, San Diego), and Shu-Heng Shao (Stony Brook University) for organizing a fascinating set of lectures themed around symmetry, and to Professor John McGreevy (University of California, San Diego) for giving a terrific public lecture on symmetry and phases of matter.”

- TASI Co-Directors and Physics Professors Oliver DeWolfe and Ethan Neil

Visit the TASI 2023 website to learn more about this year’s program. Applications for TASI 2024 will open in January and are due March 1, 2024.