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2021 Undergraduate Research Program Under Construction




  • 10 Weeks: JUNE 22 - AUGUST 28, 2020
  • First 8 Weeks: JUNE 22 - AUGUST 14, 2020
  • Last 8 Weeks: JULY 6 - AUGUST 28, 2020

Application is due Monday, March 2, 2020 at 12 noon.  


The Summer Research Program offered by the Departments of Physics, Applied Physics and SLAC provides Fellowships to Stanford undergraduate Physics and Engineering Physics majors, plus undeclared first-year students who are considering Physics/Eng. Physics as a major, who wish to dedicate eight or ten weeks of the Summer quarter to join a physics research group under the guidance of a faculty member.  

Students receive a stipend of $7500 (10 weeks) or $6000 (8 weeks).  Students pay for their own living expenses out of this stipend.  This can be either in on-campus Summer Housing, or anywhere else you choose to live.

The focus of the Summer Research Program is twofold:   to strongly encourage our majors to complete a Senior Thesis, and to provide and an opportunity for students to experience physics research early on in their undergraduate career. The program is structured to fulfill this two-fold purpose, while at the same time serving as many students as possible with limited funding. In order to maximize the benefits of all funding sources, preference for departmental program funds is given to first-time applicants.

We accept applications from current freshmen, sophomores and juniors.  For beginning students, research experience is not required;  this is an opportunity to "try out" research in physics, by learning skills and experiencing the research environment, to help you decide if either Physics or Eng. Physics is the right major for you. All that is required is curiosity, initiative, and a willingness to learn and grow. Once a student successfully completes the Summer Research Program and continues their studies in Physics they are generally prepared to research a topic that they can develop into a Senior Thesis during their senior year.

The Summer Research Program is able to support every Physics and Engineering Physics major for at least one summer of funding.   Funding is often available for a second summer;  rising seniors applying for a second summer of funding must also apply for a Student Major Grant from Academic Advising.   There is generally no funding for a third summer; such students can apply for a Student Major Grant, as well as search for funding from their faculty research advisor or other sources.  

In addition to working on research, program participants attend the weekly Research Advisor Seminar Series. This series consists of individual presentations and lab tours by those faculty members currently serving as research advisors for the program. Participants are required to attend all scheduled seminars during their eight or ten weeks of research. Optional field trips to the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) and physics related Bay Area attractions (e.g. NASA, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, etc.) provide an educational "break" from research. Presentation of research at a final poster session and a paper on their research experience are also required of all participants.

We recognize the following Schools, Departments, Independent Laboratories and Collaborations at Stanford  who support our summer research program, including:

Thanks to all of our funding providers!