Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) Undergraduate Research Fellowship

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 Deadline: 

February 1, 2019
   

Start Date: 

June 18, 2019
   

Duration: 

10 weeks June 18 - August 23, 2019--longer stays can be arranged
   

Location: 

Caltech, Pasadena, CA, Hanford, WA, or Livingston Parish, LA
   

Area of Interest: 

Arts
Biomedical Sciences
Engineering, Computer Science, and Applied Sciences
Humanities
Physical Sciences
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Other:
   

Category: 

Internships
   

Description: 

Undergraduate students are encouraged to participate in the development of gravitational-wave astronomy through the LIGO Project. This intensive summer program takes place each year at Caltech, 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 LIGO Summer Undergraduate Research Program. Research awards include a summer stipend and some funding for travel to Caltech as needed.
LIGO Background
Information The LIGO Project is an NSF-supported endeavor to design, build, and operate an astrophysical observatory for the detection and study of gravitational radiation. The observatory includes two sites (Hanford, Washington and Livingston Parish, Louisiana) with laser interferometric detector systems. (More information on LIGO can be found on the LIGO home page, and from "LIGO: The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory," A. Abramovici, et al., Science, 256, 325, 1992.) The aim of the LIGO Summer Undergraduate Research Program is to organize the participation of undergraduate students in research associated with the LIGO Project.
   

Benefits/
Compensation:
 

$6,000 stipend, which will come in two installments during the summer. Transportation to and from Caltech/Hanford/Livingston at the beginning and end of the program can probably be provided in full for all students. If there are insufficient funds for this, partial funding will be provided to cover transportation costs.

   

Major(s): 

Physics
Aerospace Engineering
Aerospace Engineering
See website for more information

   

GPA: 

2.5

   
Year In School at 
start of program: 
Freshman
Sophomore
Junior
Senior
   
Employment 
 Eligibility: 
Has Citizenship
Has Permanent Residence
Has Work Permit
Other: 
   

Required 
Documents: 

Resume
Personal Statement
Letters of Recommendation
Other: Transcripts
 

Contact: 

LIGO SURF Representative
Division of Physics, Mathematics, and Astronomy
Caltech 100-36
Pasadena, CA 91125

Email: ligosurf@ligo.caltech.edu

 

Company Website: 

http://www.ligo.caltech.edu/LIGO_web/students/SURF/
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