Education Information

22 November 1996

Table of Contents

Precollege Programs

Particles and Interactions Workshop for Teachers*

During the summer, SLAC offers a two week program on particle physics for high school and college teachers. The morning program consists of presentations and demonstrations from SLAC physicists. In the afternoons, teachers work in small groups to develop related classroom activities. Applications are due in March of each year and selection is made by early April. The program pays a stipend and course credit is available through Stanford's Continuing Studies Program. Contact the Education Office at SLAC for further details.

Teacher Research Associates (TRAC)*

Teachers participate in laboratory research for 6-8 weeks during the summer. Some positions are for applicants from a national pool, while other positions are reserved for California teachers. For information on California applications, contact the Education Office.

National TRAC applications are available in the summer of each year and are due by mid-October for consideration for the following summer. For further information on national applications, please contact

Associated Western Universities (AWU)
4190 South Highland Drive
Salt Lake City, Utah 84124
telephone 801-273-8900
fax 801-277-5632

*Note: Funding for the workshop and TRAC is doubtful. Contact Education Office for updates.

BASTEC (Bay Area Science and Technology Education Collaboration)

BASTEC is an educational collaboration of four national laboratories (SLAC, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratory) and the Oakland Unified School District. The objectives of the collaborative are to provide scientific expertise to the BASTEC curriculum committee and to help implement a kindergarten-12th grade science curriculum for the schools. Various workshops and an annual conference are provided for teachers in the Oakland District. Contact the Pre-College Coordinator at LBL for further details.

Equipment Donations

Teachers at public schools can now request SLAC/DOE equipment donations for schools. Surplus equipment includes such items as old computers, modems, printers, power supplies, and oscilloscopes. Office equipment is also available: desks, chairs, and other furniture. Teachers must fill out request forms and then pick up or arrange for delivery of items at the school's expense. Contact the Education Office for necessary forms and list of available equipment.

College and Graduate Programs

Summer Internships in Science & Engineering (SISE)

1996 SISE participants pose with 1976 Nobel Laureaute and SLAC Director, Burton Richter 1996 summer interns at their Stanford University housing

SISE is a lecture and research participation program for undergraduate students who are traditionally underrepresented in science, such as women, and some minority groups. It is designed to encourage these students to pursue careers in science. From a national applicant pool, approximately 20 students are selected to spend 8 weeks at SLAC during the summer under the supervision of laboratory scientists.

Click below to download a copy of the SISE Application Packet to your computer. This 11-page document is available in the following formats:

  1. Microsoft Word for Macintosh 5.0 (.Hqx)
  2. Microsoft Word for Macintosh 6.0 (.Hqx)
  3. Microsoft Word for Windows 7.0 (.ZIP)
  4. WordPerfect for Windows 6.0 (.ZIP)
  5. PostScript (.ps, file size ca. 2M)
  6. Portable Document Format (.pdf)
Note: PDF files are viewable on and printable from most browsers using the Acrobat Reader as a helper application. The Macintosh files have been compressed using binhex, the Windows files using PKZIP.
If you are not able to get a copy of the SISE application Packet through any of the formats above please send email to the Summer Internships in Science and Engineering ( to have the application packet mailed or faxed to you, or call 415-926-2265 for more information.

National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science, Inc. (GEM)

SLAC is a charter member of GEM, a non-profit corporation with the goal of increasing the participation of underrepresented minorities at the master's and doctoral levels in engineering and the national sciences. In addition to providing its awardees with financial support during the academic year, GEM arranges internships with its 74 employer members during the summer. As part of GEM's M.S. engineering fellowship program, SLAC selects an average of two new graduate student interns each year.

GEM applicants who are interested in interning at SLAC should note this on their application. Be advised that SLAC is most interested in the fields of electrical, mechanical, environmental, and biomedical engineering, though the particular selection criteria in any given year are dependent on the operational needs of the participating departments.

Non-selected applications will be made available to SLAC departments for consideration as general summer hires.

For applications and further information, contact the GEM Central Office

The GEM Center
P.O. Box 537
Notre Dame, Indiana 46556

Telephone: (219) 287-1097
Fax: (219) 287-1486

Graduate Study

Students interested in pursuing graduate study at SLAC should apply to Stanford University. Students from other universities with research groups working at SLAC also participate in research here. There are over 100 universities currently participating in SLAC research.

Educational Materials and Resources

The Science Education Academy of the Bay Area (SEABA) offers an on-line catalogue of professional development programs and other resources for teachers.

Contemporary Physics Education Project (CPEP)

A chart of the Standard Model of Fundamental Particles and Interactions and computer software are available for teachers. A fusion chart is also available with information on how fusion reactions work, how to achieve fusion conditions, and energy sources and conversions. For order information contact LBL.

About SLAC

At the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) physicists study the structure of matter at two distinct scales. High-energy electron beams can probe matter to the scale of the internal make-up of protons and neutrons---the objects that themselves make up the tiny nucleus of an atom. You can think of the accelerator as a gigantic microscope; the smaller the object we want to study the higher energy the accelerator needed to probe it.

A second scale is studied using x-rays produced by synchrotron radiation. At the division of SLAC known as the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory (SSRL), studies probe matter at the scale characteristic of atoms and hence can study a great variety of materials for their intra-molecular structure or the atomic structure of their surfaces and interfaces with other materials.

Questions you may have:

  1. Why do we need a high energy beam of particles to study the structure of matter?
  2. What is a linear accelerator? How does it work?
  3. What do we do with the high-energy electrons after we accelerate them?
  4. How do the physicists "see" what has happened in a collision?
  5. What have we learned at SLAC? High-Energy Physics Highlights.
  6. What is Synchrotron Radiation?
  7. What have we learned at SLAC? Synchrotron-Radiation Highlights.


SLAC offers free tours to the general public through prior arrangement with the Public Affairs Office. After a short lecture by the tour leader, visitors are taken by bus to various points on site. Tours last approximately two hours. Contact the Public Affairs Office for more information or reservations.

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Last modified Fri November 22 11:53:44 PDT 1996
by Masek.