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

CAMPARE 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.

Read about the CAMPARE and Stanford Leadership Alliance  - a nation-wide program focusing on providing research experience and mentorship to underserved and underrepresented students.

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.

The program will be held fully online for Summer 2021, due to the ongoing pandemic.  Students will receive a $6000 stipend for the full 8 weeks. Additional benefits include a paid seven-week GRE Preparation course.

Upon successful completion of the program, interns will be given the opportunity to present their research to faculty and peers at a research symposium held at the end of the program. 

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. They must be enrolled in one of the CAMPARE participating institutions at the time of their application. Participants should not have graduated from their 4-year institution before the beginning of the summer internship. Community college students in the process of transferring to a 4-year institution are eligible to apply.

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, 2022. To apply to the program, follow the Application Instructions

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. 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.

The dates of the eight week program are Monday, June 20 through Saturday, August 13. Stanford University will cover round-trip travel expenses to and from Stanford, provide a $4000 stipend, and pay for room and board on the Stanford campus (both housing and meals in an on-campus residence, 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. For more information contact Joseph Brown (

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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.