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CAMPARE and Leadership Alliance 2018 summer researchers at Stanford after their poster session

Cal-Bridge Summer and Leadership Alliance 2018 summer researchers at Stanford after their poster session.

Physics and Astronomy Research at Stanford University

We invite students to do research in a range of topics in physics and astronomy.  Research opportunities include topics in Astrophysics & Cosmology, AMO Physics, Biophysics, Condensed Matter Physics, and Particle Physics. Students with an interest in hands-on laboratory and computer-based work, while working to understand the underlying science of the project, are especially encouraged to apply. While prior experience with electronics and computer programing are not required, such experience should be indicated in your application.  Barring such experience, a strong interest in learning such skills is critical to a successful experience in many research groups.

Christina Valdes and Professor Macintosh
2017 CAMPARE scholar Christina Vides worked with Prof Macintosh to investigate the possibility of carrying out SETI work with GPI.

Program Details

What is it?

Students will work for 8 weeks in the summer with scientists at Stanford University on projects spanning the fields of physics and astronomy. In addition to research within a group, students will participate in weekly meetings focused on research skills, applying to graduate school, and exposure to cutting edge topics in physics.

Selected students will receive a $4000 stipend for the full 8 weeks. In addition, participants will be provided with Stanford University housing and a Stanford meal plan for eight weeks, which includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and reimbursed for travel from home or campus to Stanford (a value of more than $5500).

A bike will be rented for each participant as this is the preferred mode of travel on campus. Interns will attend two weekly seminars: one covers the graduate application process and the other focuses on physics, astrophysics, and astronomy. A full, paid, seven week General GRE prep course will be provided to participants two evenings per week. They will also have access to Stanford's computer networks, databases, libraries (including borrowing privileges), and athletic facilities.

Upon successful completion of the program, scholars will be given the opportunity to present their research to faculty and peers at a research symposium held at the end of the program. The research program runs June 24 to August 17, 2024

All students are required to participate in the full eight weeks of the program but if you have academic commitments that require you to return to your university before August 19, please let Stanford know when you consider any offer and they will work with you to make an accommodation, if necessary.

Who should apply?

summer student at Lick
Animation of the orbital motion of the planet Beta Pic b, constructed from several images taken by the new Gemini Planet Imager. The host star at left is blocked by the GPI coronagraph so the planet can be seen. The planet’s orbit is edge-on from our perspective. Stanford Prof. Bruce Macintosh is the principal investigator for GPI. (Image credit: M. Millar-Blanchaer, University of Toronto; F. Marchis, SETI Institute.)

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age by the beginning of the program. Applicants must be enrolled at a CSU or California Community College at the time of their application. Participants may not have graduated from their 4-year institution before the beginning of the summer internship, but community college students may be in the process of transferring to a 4-year institution. Citizens, permanent residents, and AB540/DACA students are eligible to apply. Limited opportunities for international students may also be available.

All applicants must have completed a minimum of one full year of college-level physics by the start of the program.

When and How to Apply

Applications are due February 1, 2024. To apply to the program, go to the Application Home Page. In addition, you must ask two faculty members (or others familiar with your academic or work background) to submit two letters of reference. Indicate their names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses in your on-line application where appropriate. 

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