Information for applicants

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All continuing undergraduate students (i.e. who will be students next year) may apply. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Different projects require different skills and background, and we typically have some projects that are suitable for students who have just completed the freshman year.

Selected applicants will be matched with potential mentors and projects in early February. You will have an opportunity to discuss the project with the mentor(s), and you will then be asked to prepare a project proposal or respond to challenge questions, by mid-February. Final selection of summer research fellows will take place in late February or early March.

Eligibility requirements for Caltech students:

To be eligible for SURF, you must:

Eligibility requirements for non-Caltech students:

To be eligible for SURF, you must:

Students at institutions in India

Students at institutions in India should review the information here, for opportunities in GW research in India, and should apply for summer internships with LIGO Laboratory here. Students from India typically must arrive and leave 2-3 weeks earlier than our normal program dates, and we try to accommodate that.

Deadlines and important dates

The 2015 LIGO Summer Program will run from June 16 through August 21, 2015. It is also possible to work longer than the standard 10 weeks of the program (for more pay), if this is arranged in advance.

Caltech SFP important dates

LIGO SURF-specific important dates: