Undergraduate students in physics, astronomy, and engineering are invited to participate in the development of gravitational-wave astronomy through the LIGO Project. 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 LIGO Summer Undergraduate Research Program. Research awards include a summer stipend and some funding for travel to the research site as needed.
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.
Selected intern's day-to-day responsibilities include working on LIGO research projects that may cover many areas of science and engineering related to the detection of gravitational radiation, including:
1. Laboratory projects in mechanical, laser, optical, and electronic systems
2. Modeling and analysis of optomechanical systems
3. LIGO data analysis projects, including searching for and analyzing gravitational wave signals from astrophysical sources
4. Modeling of astrophysical sources of gravitational radiation
Only those candidates can apply who:
- are available for full time (in-office) internship
- are available for duration of 2 months
- have relevant skills and interests
- Should de a continuing undergraduate student
- Should have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5/4.0
- Should have completed a full year of undergraduate education at your college or university including at least one full year course in undergraduate physics
- Should not be under any disciplinary sanction
Students in the LIGO Summer Program assigned to Caltech may live in Caltech campus housing during the program. You will be contacted by the Caltech Student-Faculty Programs (SFP) office, in early April, to make arrangements. There should be no out-of-pocket costs. Non-Caltech students can move into Caltech housing a couple of days before the program begins. Also, arrangements will be made for daily transportation to and from the sites.
Apply at https://internshala.com/internship/detail/internship-at-caltech1547538760