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Summer Research


Summer 2018 Current News and Schedule



  • 10 WEEKS: JUNE 25 - August 31, 2018
  • 8 WEEKS, early start: JUNE 25-AUGUST 17 
  • 8 weeks, late start: JULY 9- AUGUST 31)

The Summer Research Program offered by the Departments of Physics, Applied Physics and SLAC is open to Stanford undergraduate Physics and Engineering Physics majors, plus those considering Physics as a major, who wish to dedicate eight or ten weeks of the Summer quarter to research in Physics.

Students receive a stipend of $7000/$5600 (10 weeks/8weeks).  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.

While the focus of the program is to strongly encourage our majors to complete an Honors Thesis, the Summer Research Program also provides an opportunity for students to experience lab 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, priority for departmental program funds is given to first-time applicants.

Funding for program participants comes from different sources. Although we currently accept applications from Freshmen, ideally students qualify for a Physics/AP/SLACSummer Research Fellowship after their sophomore year. At this point most students have spent a significant amount of time studying physics in the classroom and are eager to do research. 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 will develop into a Senior Thesis during their senior year. Students applying to the program for the second time, and/or entering senior year, should also apply for a Student Major Grant from Undergraduate Research Programs (UAR) in the event that the Physics/AP/SLAC program is not able to award a fellowship for their second summer of research.

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!