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Summer Research for External Students

Interested in applying to participate in CAMPARE or Leadership Alliance at Stanford? We interviewed students that participated in the summer of 2018 to hear their stories and experiences.

Summer 2017 CAMPARE and Leadership Alliance SR-EIP students at Stanford

Stanford has two opportunities for undergraduate students from instiutions outside of Stanford to do summer research in physics and astronomy. Both programs aim to increase research opportunities for students that are underrepresented in physics. We are especially interested in hosting students of color and students who are the first in their families to attend college; we also encourage women and non-binary students and any other students who come from underrepresented groups or underresourced backgrounds to apply.

Research opportunities include topics in Astrophysics & Cosmology, AMO Physics, Biophysics, Condensed Matter Physics, Particle Physics, and Physics Education Research. Students will work for 8 weeks in the summer with a Stanford research group. In addition to research within a group, students will participate in weekly meetings focused on research skills, applying to graduate school, and exposure to cutting edge topics in physics. At the end of the summer program, students will present their work at a research fair attended by faculty and students.

In 2021, the research program will run from Sunday, June 20 to Saturday, August 14 (8 weeks). Participants must be available during the entire 8-week period of the program.  Depending on local and national health conditions, the program may take place remotely.

We have two opportunities for students to apply: the CAMPARE program, and the Leadership Alliance Summer Research - Early Identification Program (SR-EIP).  Applications for both programs are due February 1, 2021.  


Students at participating Cal State campuses and California community colleges may apply through CAMPARE. We welcome students from these institutions to apply regardless of immigration or citizenship status.

See here for details.

Leadership Alliance SR-EIP

Rising juniors and seniors at any US institution who are US citizens and permanent residents may apply through the SR-EIP, if in good academic standing with a committed interest to pursue graduate study.

See here for details.

The department is interested in understanding and mitigating barriers to access to all of our programs, including barriers based on citizenship status, accessibility, or financial or logistical challenges. If you are interested in our summer research internships but are not currently eligible, or if there are barriers that limit your ability to apply given our current procedures, we would appreciate hearing from you. Please fill out this brief form to send us this info.