Optomechanical systems modeling
Lab projects in mechanical, laser, optical and electronic systems
Undergraduate students in physics, astronomy and engineering are invited to participate in the development of gravitational-wave astronomy through the Caltech LIGO Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) program. This intensive summer program takes place each year at Caltech or one of the LIGO observatory sites, funded in part through the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program of the National Science Foundation. Undergraduate students from all institutions (both U.S. and foreign) are invited to apply to the Caltech LIGO SURF program. Research awards include a summer stipend and some funding for travel to the research site as needed.
Applications were accepted from November 5, 2019 - January 10, 2020, and all applicants were notified of their status by March 16. We were unable to accept the vast majority of our well-qualified applicants, due to limited funding and mentor availability; we greatly appreciate your interest in our program, and wish the best for your careers in scientific research.
Participants: The ongoing and rapidly-developing COVID-19 situation presents us with much uncertainty as to whether our 2020 program will proceed as planned. It may need to be completely canceled or proceed in a different (virtual) format. We request your understanding and patience.
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 mid- to late- 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. Final selection of summer research fellows will take place in late February or early March.
Image credit: Caltech/MIT/LIGO Lab