Physics Undergraduate Summer Research 2023

The Research Program has weekly Faculty Research Presentations and/or Professional Development Workshops. Except for the Orientation, which will be held on Monday, June 26 at 9:00 AM, all other events will be held in person and are scheduled to take place Wednesdays at 9:00 AM in Physics and Astrophysics Building, Room 102/103. During weeks where there is a Faculty Research Presentation, it will start at 9:00 AM. If there is no Faculty Research Presentation, the Professional Development Workshop will begin at 9:00 AM. All programs, unless otherwise noted, will conclude by 10:30am.  All Research participants are required to attend and participate in these presentations and workshops.


  • Orientation will be on Monday, June 26, 9:00 - 10:20am in Physics and Astrophysics  Building, room 102/103.
  • We will hold mid-summer check-in meetings during week 5. Sign up and Mid Quarter Reflections survey links to be added later in the summer. 
  • Students will give a brief (~6-minute) presentation about their research at the end of the program (rather than presenting a poster at an in-person event). Presentations will be held on Thursday or Friday of week 10 of the program.

SCHEDULE FOR SUMMER 2023 - Details such as titles of talks will be added, but event timing is fixed.

All events will be held in person in the Physics and Astrophysics Building, room 102/103 and will begin at 9:00am Wednesday morning unless noted.

Upcoming Social Events

Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream: Event on Thursday, July 27 at 5:30 PM; form due by noon, Wednesday, July 26

SLAC Tour: Event on Tuesday, August 8; sign up here ASAP, limited to 29 students, first-come basis

Stanford Student Observatory Tour: Event on Wednesday, August 9 (rain date is Thursday, August 10); sign up here

Professional Development Workshops and Faculty Research Presentations

DateFaculty TalkWorkshop or Title of Faculty Talk 



Intro summer research


Goals Worksheet

07/05Joonhee ChoiHigh Fidelity Quantum Science with Rydberg Atom Arrays
07/12Shea HessSeen and Unseen – My Journey to the Far Side of the Sun

Intro to Physics Subfields (Contact info of panel members below)

  • Jean Wang (Theorist doing quantum information) – jeanhjw [at] (jeanhjw[at]stanford[dot]edu)
  • Neomi Lewis (AMO – Rydberg atoms)– nalewis [at] (nalewis[at]stanford[dot]edu)
  • Chunyang Ding (QI experiment)– chunyang [at] (chunyang[at]stanford[dot]edu)
  • Connie Miao (QI experiment)– cmiao [at] (cmiao[at]stanford[dot]edu)
  • Mahlet Shiferaw (astrophysics, computation)– mahlet [at] (mahlet[at]stanford[dot]edu)
  • Kaveh Pezeshki (QI experiment/hardware) - kpez [at] (kpez[at]stanford[dot]edu)
  • Toby Satterthwaite - (KIPAC/Cosmology, computation) - tpsatt [at] (tpsatt[at]stanford[dot]edu)
  • Aaron Breidenbach (condensed matter experiment, crystal growth and neutron scattering) - atbreid [at] (atbreid[at]stanford[dot]edu)
  • Sauviz Alaei – sauviz [at] (sauviz[at]stanford[dot]edu)
  • Cady van Assendelft – ecva [at] (ecva[at]stanford[dot]edu)
07/26 Mid-quarter Check-ins
07/26ZX ShenIn Search for the Next Magic Stone
08/02Mark KasevichGravitational Physics with Atom Interferometry

Career Paths in Physics (Contact info of panel members below)

  • Sherry Cho – hmscho [at] (hmscho[at]stanford[dot]edu)
  • Kyana van Houten – kyana.vanhouten [at] (kyana[dot]vanhouten[at]gmail[dot]com)
  • Gabby Vukasin – gvukasin18 [at] (gvukasin18[at]gmail[dot]com)
  • Manuel Gnida – mgnida [at] (mgnida[at]stanford[dot]edu)



 Pat Burchat:  Special (optional) session: Beyond the Bachelor's: Thinking about Advance Degrees on Tuesday, August 15 at 4:00 PM
08/16Kent IrwinThe quantum revolution and the search for most of the mass in the universe
08/23--How to Give a Talk
08/30Lauren TompkinsSearching for Dark Matter with Accelerators



Final presentations!Mini talks will be from 9:30am – 11:30am in the 3rd floor of Building 160