Education

Education

K-12

QSEC is partnering with Fairfax County Public Schools and Loudon County Public Schools to develop quantum programs to excite and prepare the next generation of students. We are collaborating with students and teachers to develop some of the first curricula for the schools, building internships for high school students that will allow them to learn about the growing quantum industry and better understand what it will take to pursue a career in this field in the future, and creating a teacher externship program paired with a professional development program that will allow teachers to learn about this new area and understand the opportunities that are becoming available for their students. For questions about any of these activities, please contact Jessica Rosenberg.

See more information about QSEC’s effort on K-12 education at Building the Quantum Workforce.

Undergraduate

QSECworks to create new programs that will allow students to explore this multidisciplinary field, creating internship experiences for students, expanding research opportunities, and providing forums and presentation opportunities for students. The QSEC Student Speaker Series and group seminar series engage students to develop and showcase their research, get feedback from members of the Center, and to gain valuable communication experience. For questions about any of these opportunities, please contact Fangyu Cao (fcao4@gmu.edu) for additional information.

Master's

New in Fall 2021, we have a MS program in QISE. This MS concentration within the MS in Engineering and Applied Physics program is designed to be accessible to any student who has taken introductory physics and mathematics through linear algebra. Program information is available here. Please contact Jessica Rosenberg for additional information.

PhD

We are working to create new programs that will allow students to explore this multidisciplinary field, creating internship experiences for students, and expanding  multidisciplinary research opportunities. QSEC also  provide forums, like our QSEC Student Speaker Series and research group seminars, for students to showcase their research, get feedback from members of the Center, and to gain valuable presentation experience. For questions about any of these opportunities, please contact Patrick Vora or correspondent team leads of the Computing, Materials, or Sensing groups.

Courses

PHYS 334/534 and MATH 493/689 : Introduction to Quantum Computation and Information

This course introduces science and engineering students to quantum computing code and quantum information using a linear algebra based approach.

Prior experience with quantum mechanics is not required.

Over the semester counterintuitive concepts, such as quantum entanglement and quantum teleportation, will be demystified. Basic quantum algorithms will be analyzed to understand quantum speedup over classical computing. Hands-on training in quantum circuit design and wring quantum code will be provided, culminating in running this code on simulators and quantum computers.

Course content will include discussions between classical and quantum computing, the qubit, quantum gates and circuits ,and quantum algorithms for query, data base search, factorization, and error correction. State of the art and future prospects of quantum technology will also be discussed.

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