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Cornell Research Experience for Undergraduates 2013

Primary Institution: Cornell University
Affiliation: Cornell Laboratory for Accelerator-based Sciences and Education (CLASSE)
City: Ithaca
State: NY
Job Duration: 10 weeks
Class Requirement: Completed Freshman Year
Citizenship Requirement: U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Legal Resident
Minimum GPA: N/A
Position Type: Research
Discipline(s): Physics Education Research
Description: The National Science Foundation (NSF) has renewed our grant for a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program in the Cornell Laboratory for Accelerator-based Sciences and Education (CLASSE), which encompasses the Laboratory for Elementary-Particle Physics (LEPP), the Cornell High-Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS), and the Energy Recovery Linac (ERL) project. Such a program has been run at LEPP, often incorporating projects from CHESS and ERL, since 1998. Details for the 2013 program will be similar to the 2012 program.

Under this program, approximately ten science and engineering students from around the country will be invited to participate in research at the Laboratory. In addition there are several other REU programs on campus with whom we share housing and programs. The ten-week program will start Monday, June 3, 2013 and end Friday, August 9, 2013. In addition to participation in research, the program will include informal seminars, formal lectures, tours of research facilities, social and recreational events, and a forum at summer's end in which participants present the results of their research.

Participants will receive a stipend of $4,900, a housing allowance, and a travel allowance for a round trip to/from Ithaca. Group housing will be available through Cornell University Campus Life and it is hoped that all the students can participate in this arrangement. Cornell Dining also has meal plans available at its various dining facilities.

Each student will work in a research group which typically involves a professor, postdoctoral research associates, and graduate students. These mentors will define the nature of the research project, organize access to the resources necessary to carry out the research, and guide the participant's effort through frequent interaction. The student projects are always important elements of the overall research program of the Laboratory.

The areas of research will be:
- Accelerator Physics
- Microwave Superconductivity
- Advanced Instrumentation (electronics, lasers, cryogenics, etc)
- Synchrotron Radiation in Scientific Research

Good oral and written communication of results are essential elements of scientific research.

To develop these communication skills, each student will:
-present an oral statement of the goals early in the program
-present an oral report on results at the end of the program, and
-write a report describing final results of the research
Stipend: $4,900
Benefits: Housing
Travel Reimbursement
Application Deadline: 02/03/2013
Job Website:
Additional Information: LEPP operates the Cornell Electron-positron Storage Ring (CESR). An active program in accelerator physics research, called CESRTA, is aimed at developing ideas for future higher-luminosity electron-positron colliders, especially the International Linear Collider (ILC), for which CESR serves as a prototype in some key areas. The accelerator-physics program also includes research and development of microwave superconducting cavities, devices for more efficiently delivering energy to particles in accelerators. Research opportunities in developing instrumentation are also possible.

The Laboratory is engaged in developing a new form of x-ray facility known as an Energy Recovery Linac (ERL), which could improve the capabilities of synchrotron radiation science by orders of magnitude. Recent years' programs have had projects on aspects of the ERL as varied as ultra-high vacuum technology, electron-gun design, superconducting RF cavity performance, and beam dynamics via simulation.

CHESS, the Cornell High-Energy Synchrotron Source provides facilities to utilize the high energy x-rays (synchrotron radiation) produced by CESR for a wide variety of research projects in biology, chemistry, engineering, materials science, and physics. Members of the CHESS staff develop state-of-the-art instrumentation to support users of the facility and utilize the x-ray beams for their own scientific research.

In order to enhance the educational value of these efforts, mentors will assist students in preparing these reports. The written reports will be posted on the World Wide Web. The reports for 2005-2011, which can give one an idea of the types of research opportunities available, are found at:

Research/Internship Opportunity Contact Information

Primary Contact: Monica Wesley
CLASSE, Newman Lab
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
Phone: 607 255-4952
Fax: 607 254-4552
Secondary Contact: Georg Hoffstaetter
CLASSE, 120 Newman Lab
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
Phone: 607 255-5197
Fax: 607 254-4552