Cal-Bridge Summer (CAMPARE)

CAMPARE Peer Mentoring Dinner 2019

CAMPARE scholars, CPP Mentors & Program Staff at the 2019 Peer Mentoring Dinner in Pomona, California.

Program Description

Participate in cutting edge research in astronomy, physics, planetary and space science, or astrobiology, at one of our 15 partner world-class research institutions. The Cal-Bridge Summer (CAMPARE) program is a network of California State Universities and California community colleges from which students are recruited to participate in undergraduate research projects for 8-10 weeks in the summer. Students are paid a stipend, and travel and housing expenses are included.

Program Details

What is it?

Students will work for 8-10 weeks (depending on the site) in the summer with scientists at one of our 15 partner world-class research institutions on projects spanning the fields of astronomy, physics, planetary and space science, astrobiology, and astronomy education and public outreach.

Selected students will receive a stipend. In addition, participants will be provided with housing and reimbursement for travel from home or campus to the relevant research site.

Ashley in the SETI lab

Who should apply?

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age by the beginning of the program. Applicants must be enrolled in one of the Cal-Bridge Summer participating institutions at the time of their application. For most sites, participants should not have graduated from their 4-year institution before the beginning of the summer internship, but some exceptions exist, so if you are graduating before next Spring, check each Research Opportunity page to confirm which you are eligible for. Community college students in the process of transferring to a 4-year institution are eligible to apply.

To be eligible for the program, applicants must have completed at least one full year of college-level physics by the summer of the program. For additional details of expectations and requirements for each site, visit the Cal-Bridge Summer Research Opportunities pages.

When and How to Apply

Applications for the Summer 2022 program are due Feburary 1, 2022. An Application can be filled out here.

In addition, you must ask two faculty members (or others familiar with your academic or work background) to submit letters of reference using the link on the application instructions page.

Campare students

Indicate their names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses in your on-line application where appropriate. It is your responsibility to confirm that these letters have been sent and failure to obtain these two letters will render your application incomplete and lead to its rejection without review.

Successful students will be notified in March.

Contact Information

If you have any questions about the program, please contact us at

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grants DUE-1741863, AST-1636646, and AST-1836019.