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2021 Undergraduate Research Program

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2021 Program Dates:

  • Spring: 10 weeks, March 29 - June 4, 2021
  • Summer: 10 weeks, June 21 - August 27, 2021

The application consists of two parts. The first was due Friday, January 15, 2021 at 12 noon. The second was due noon Friday, February 12, 2021.  If you missed the deadline for the second part, we have had some students decline and are therefore opening a one-part application for Summer research only that is due by noon April 16, 2021.

See the How to Apply and FAQ pages for more information on how to apply, as well as the page on Research Positions.

The Spring/Summer Research Program offered by the Departments of Physics, Applied Physics and SLAC provides Fellowships to Stanford undergraduate Physics and Engineering Physics majors, plus undeclared first-year students who are considering Physics/Engineering Physics as a major, who wish to dedicate ten weeks of either Spring or Summer quarter to join a physics research group under the guidance of a faculty member.  

Students receive a stipend (base: $5000; travel/cost of living adjustment up to $2500; need-based adjustment up to $1500) for 10 weeks.  Students pay for their own living expenses out of this stipend.  This can be either in on-campus housing (COVID-permitting), or anywhere else you choose to live.

The focus of the Physics Research Program is twofold:   to strongly encourage our majors to complete a Senior Thesis, and to provide an opportunity for students to experience physics research early on in their undergraduate career. The program is structured to fulfill these two goals, while at the same time serving as many students as possible with limited funding. In order to maximize the benefits of all funding sources, preference for departmental program funds is given to first-time applicants.

We accept applications from current freshmen, sophomores and juniors.  For beginning students, research experience is not required;  this is an opportunity to "try out" research in physics, by learning skills and experiencing the research environment, to help you decide if either Physics or Engineering Physics is the right major for you. All that is required is curiosity, initiative, and a willingness to learn and grow. Once a student successfully completes the Physics Research Program and continues their studies in Physics they are generally prepared to conduct research in a topic that they can develop into a Senior Thesis during their senior year.

The Physics Research Program is able to support every Physics and Engineering Physics major for at least one quarter of funding. Funding is sometimes available for a second quarter; rising seniors applying for a second quarter of funding must also apply for a Student Major Grant from Academic Advising. There is generally no funding for a third quarter; such students can apply for a Student Major Grant, as well as search for funding from their faculty research advisor or other sources.

In addition to working on research, program participants attend weekly professional development workshops. Examples include faculty research seminars, graduate student panels, and more. Participants are required to attend all scheduled seminars during their ten weeks of research. COVID-permitting, we will also pursue optional field trips to the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) and physics related Bay Area attractions (e.g. NASA, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, etc.) to provide an educational "break" from research. A 10-minute presentation of your research to your peers is also required of all participants.

We recognize the following Schools, Departments, Independent Laboratories and Collaborations at Stanford  who support our research program, including:

Thanks to all of our funding providers!