LIGO Laboratory at California Institute of Technology (Caltech) hosts a 10 week summer student research program every year, called the LIGO SURF Program. The program is supported by the US National Science Foundation. Considering the imminent possibility of the LIGO-India project, LIGO has graciously agreed to host a few talented and motivated undergraduate students from Indian institutions, pre-selected by IndIGO, as part of this program.
The LIGO IndIGO Summer Students Program encourages undergraduate students to participate in the development of gravitational-wave astronomy through the LIGO Project. Selected students will work on summer research projects either at the Caltech campus in Pasadena, California or at the LIGO Observatory sites in Washington or Louisiana. The program runs from June 20 through August 25, 2017. Considering the fact that the summer vacation period in major Indian undergrad institutions start early, it might be possible for the selected students to start the projects 1 month earlier (May 15-July 28, 2017).
Who can apply: The projects are mainly related to experimental physics, and may contain some aspects of mechanical, electrical, control-system, and software engineering. However, this is not an appropriate program for other aspects of engineering (such as civil or chemical engineering or biological engineering).
Location: Selected students will work on summer research projects either at the Caltech campus in Pasadena, California or at the LIGO Observatory sites in Washington or Louisiana.
Duration: 10 weeks (May 15-July 28, 2017). Please only apply to the program if you are able to attend on the indicated dates. The dates are non negotiable.
For more details and to apply online, visit LIGO-IndIGO Summer Students Program’s page.
The last date to apply is February 5, 2017.
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