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CAMPARE and Leadership Alliance: Undergraduate Research Opportunities at Stanford Physics

The CAMPARE and SR-EIP cohort at Stanford from the summer of 2018.

Photo by Lori White.

Scientific research does not take summer vacations. And undergraduates in physics who want to prepare themselves for graduate school — or just want to find out what it means to be a working physicist — shouldn't have to, either.

But what if a student attends a school with a small physics department with few resources, or can't afford summers spent not working?

Stanford Physics, as part of their Equity and Inclusion Strategic Plan, has partnered with a undergraduate summer research program called CAMPARE that provides students from minority or underserved backgrounds the opportunity to do hands-on scientific research.

CAMPARE invites students from participating California State University campuses and California community colleges to apply for positions across the full range of Stanford physics research: from astrophysics to materials science to theory, and from particle physics to biophysics.

The California-based CAMPARE joins the Leadership Alliance's Summer Research-Early Identification Program (SR-EIP), a nation-wide program focusing on providing research experience and mentorship to underserved and underrepresented students.

CAMPARE's second summer session at Stanford ended recently, and we spoke to a few of the young scientists taking advantage of this opportunity. Click on each student's name to learn about their experience. (Text and photos by Lori White.)