College of Science

Stanford University

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PHOTO (above): A Stanford summer researcher on a field trip to Lick Observatory

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.

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Students in Prof. Schleier-Smith's AMO lab

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 $3000 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 (worth more than $4400), and reimbursed for travel from home or campus to Stanford. Additional benefits include access to Stanford’s libraries and athletic facilities and a paid seven-week GRE Preparation course.

Upon successful completion of the program, CAMPARE students will be given the opportunity to present their research at a future academic meeting (for example, American Astronomical Society, American Physical Society, the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope Project and Community Workshop, SACNAS, or the NSBP annual meeting).

Who should apply?

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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, 2018. 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.

Successful students will be notified in March. The research program runs Monday, June 25th to Saturday, August 18th 2018 (8 weeks). Participants must be available during the entire 8-week period of the program.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. AST-1559559.

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