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How to Apply to the Physics Summer Research Program

APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MONDAY, MARCH 9, at 12 NOON

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • Applicants must be Stanford Physics or Engineering Physics undergraduate students.
  • Coterm students who do not have their B.S. degree and have not yet entered the graduate part of their program are also eligible.   
  • Students must be registered for the Spring quarter before, and the Autumn quarter after, Summer 2020. 

All applicants will be notified with a yes/no/waitlist decision by the beginning of Spring quarter.

APPLICATION FORM

The Online Application requires a short (1 page) statement with the following: 

1. A brief summary of your proposed research project.  Include a description of:
          a) the overall physics goal of the project and
          b) what you will be working on for the project,  as best you understand it now.
2. A description of what you hope to learn and/or accomplish this summer.

FACULTY MENTOR

Prior to submitting the Application, you need to find a faculty member to be your research mentor for the summer. Many faculty members make positions available for undergraduates to do research over the summer. Refer to the table of available positions at Undergraduate Summer Research Positions to find potential projects and faculty members with whom you may be interested in working.  The table also includes information on skills or coursework needed (often minimal!), whether at least one project is suitable for beginning students, etc. Contact faculty members directly to discuss available opportunities.

Note that this table of available positions is only a list of suggestions—you may work with any faculty member in Physics, Applied Physics or SLAC.

Those who wish to work with faculty in the School of Engineering should apply to that faulty member's department; see this SoE REU webpage for  information. 

WHAT TO SUBMIT: 

  1. The Online Application form.
  2. Attachments to the Online Application:
    • a one-page description/abstract of the research work you will do this summer.
    • a copy of your unofficial Stanford transcript through Fall Quarter 2019.
  3. A paper copy of the signed 2020 Faculty Agreement Form. Deliver the copy to Elva Carbajal in Varian 107 (Physics Main Office).