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SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

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SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is operated by Stanford University on behalf of the Department of Energy. Since its opening in 1962, SLAC has been helping create the future such as building the world’s longest particle accelerator, discovering some of the fundamental building blocks of matter and creating the first website in North America. SLAC’s top-notch research facilities attract over 3,400 scientists from all over the world each year. Along with SLAC’s own staff scientists, they’re working to discover new drugs for healing, new materials for electronics and new ways to produce clean energy and clean up the environment.

SLAC is home to the world’s first hard X-ray free-electron laser, the Linac Coherent Light Source. This revolutionary X-ray laser reveals intimate details of atoms and chemical reactions and makes stop-motion movies of this tiny realm, with the goal of doing the same for living cells. Scientists are also exploring the cosmos, from the origin of the universe to the nature of dark energy, and developing the smaller, more efficient particle accelerators of the future.

Six scientists have been awarded Nobel prizes for work done at SLAC, and more than 1,000 scientific papers are published each year based on research at the lab. The 426-acre campus of SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is located in Silicon Valley, in between San Francisco and San Jose on the Stanford University campus.

Aerial view of SLAC's two-mile linear accelerator - the longest in the world.

Summer Research Opportunities at SLAC

SLAC will be offering four to six STAR Fellowships. Due to security purposes, Fellows at SLAC must be U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents. Fellows gain first-hand research experience with a scientist or engineer on an exciting project that will enhance their personal and professional portfolio. There are research opportunities in physics, chemistry, materials and environmental sciences, scientific computing and engineering fields.

STAR Fellows at SLAC are able to take advantage of affordable housing on Stanford University campus, but please note that many project and housing opportunities may be available for eight week experiences (instead of the typical 9). SLAC supports a variety of summer internship programs and provides STAR Fellows with the valuable opportunity to join other aspiring STEM professionals for scientific lectures, workshops, and research lab tours. STAR Fellows are also eligible for the prestigious Ernest Coleman Award, which will be presented to the summer participant who has demonstrated exemplary scholarship and citizenship on August 12. Fellows also enjoy exploring the natural beauty, rich diversity and culture, and breath-taking landmarks of the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley.

Past Summer Research Included

Visit the Cal Poly Digital Commons to browse previous STAR Fellow projects at this site.



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