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How to Apply to the Physics Summer Research Program


Applicants must be Stanford Physics or Engineering Physics undergraduate students who will not have graduated by August 2018--funding is not available for students who have their B.S.  If you are a co-term student going into your 5th year, you must not have received your B.S. degree prior to the summer.



The application form is here.  It requires a short essay (1/2 -1 page) on the work you will be doing (as best you understand it at the moment). 


Prior to submitting the Application, you need to find a faculty member to be your Mentor for the summer. Many faculty members make positions available for undergrads over the summer. Refer to the table of available positions at Undergraduate Summer Research Positions to determine with which faculty member you are interested in working. Contact faculty members directly to discuss available opportunities. Links to faculty research interests are listed here. 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.

Once a faculty member agrees to serve as your mentor, have them fill out and sign a paper copy of the  Faculty Mentor Agreement


  1. Online Application
  2. Attachments to the Online Applicatoin:
    • 1/2-1 page description/abstract of the research work you will do this summer.
    • a copy of your unofficial Stanford transcript through Fall Quarter, 2017..
  3. submit a paper copy of the signed  Faculty Mentor Agreement to Elva Carbajal  in Varian 107 (Physics Main Office).


The deadline to return completed forms is Friday March 9, 2018 at NOON.  This is the Friday before the End Quarter Period ("not-so-dead week").  It is in your best interest to complete this process as soon as possible.  Every effort will be made to ensure that the maximum number of qualified students are invited to participate in the summer program. All applicants will be notified with a yes/no/waitlist decision by the beginning of Spring quarter.