Caltech Summer Undergraduate Research Program
The Laser Interferometer Gravitational –Wave Observatory (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.
The aim of the LIGO Summer Undergraduate Research Program is to organize the participation of undergraduate students in research associated with the LIGO Project.
The LIGO Summer Program runs from June 14 through August 19, 2011.
LIGO research --> projects may cover many areas of science and engineering related to the detection of gravitational radiation, including:
All continuing undergraduate students (i. e. who will be students next year) may apply to the LIGO Summer Undergraduate Research Program. 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.
Students in the LIGO Summer program receive a $6,000 stipend. The schedule of stipend payments will be communicated prior to the start of the summer.
Students in the LIGO Summer Program assigned to Caltech may live in Caltech housing during the program. The total cost is roughly 30% of the stipend, although exact rates will not be finalized until late spring. There is no board contract but there is a cafeteria on campus.
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.
Students in the LIGO Summer Program reside either at Caltech or one of the LIGO sites in Washington and Louisiana.