Summer Research for Undergraduates
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2014 Undergraduate Summer Research Program in Physics, Applied Physics (AP), SLAC
10 weeks: JUNE 23 - August 29, 2014
8 WEEKS: JUNE 23-AUGUST 15 (early start) OR JULY 7 - AUGUST 29, 2014 (late start)
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.
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/SLAC Summer 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 an Honors 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.
The program is open only to Stanford Physics or Engineering Physics undergraduate students who will not have graduated by August 2014--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.
Undeclared students may apply, and if accepted, will be asked to declare either the Physics or Engineering Physics major by the end of Spring Quarter, 2013.
Students who have participated in this program in past years are still eligible to apply. However, if there are more applicants than funding, priority will be given to those who have not yet had funding. Those who submit a Student Major Grant proposal are also welcome to apply.
Note: This program is not an NSF REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) program.
Program Dates and Stipends
Both 8-week and 10-week positions are offered at the discretion of each Faculty Mentor.
- 10-weeks: $6000 June 23-August 29, 2014
- 8-weeks: $4800 June 23-August 15 (early start) OR July 7 - August 29, 2014 (late start)
Rick Pam, Academic Director
650-725-2365, Varian 242
Elva Carbajal, Undergraduate Student Services
650-723-4362 Physics Main Office, Varian 107
Prof. Hari Manoharan, Director of Undergraduate Study
650-723-7263, McCullogh 348