SLACEducation Information

15 December 1997

Table of Contents

College and Graduate Programs

Summer Internships in Science & Engineering (SISE)

1997 Summer Internships in Science & Engineering Participants

1997 Summer Internships in Science & Engineering Participants

1997 SISE Students Pose with Dr. Richter

1997 SISE Participants have a chance to talk with SLAC's Nobel Prize-winning Director, Burton Richter

Three Women

Three New Friends From a Summer at SLAC

The SISE program offers 20 students an eight week paid internship at SLAC, working with a scientist or engineer on a project related to the laboratory's research program. Students also participate in a program of lectures and tours to local high-tech industry. Free housing on Stanford campus, transportation, and a stipend are offered to selected students.

The program is designed to encourage students from groups that are traditionally under-represented in physical science careers, such as women and members of some minority groups, to pursue such careers. It is open to students who have completed at least one year of college physics, and who will not have graduated at the time of the program. Students who are majoring in physics, engineering, or computer science are encouraged to apply.

Select one of the links below to download a copy of the SISE Application Packet to your computer. This 14-page document is available in the following formats:

  1. Microsoft Word (.doc, 39 MB)
  2. Compressed PostScript (.ps.Z, file size ca. 1.1 MB)
  3. Portable Document Format (.pdf, 293 MB)
Note: PDF files are viewable on and printable from most browsers using the Acrobat Reader as a helper application. Using version 3.0 or higher, Acrobat Reader allows the applicant to complete the application forms in the PDF version of the packet on-line. The filled out forms may then be printed out for signature and mailed.

If you are not able to get a copy of the SISE application Packet through any of the formats above please send e-mail to the Summer Internships in Science and Engineering ( to have the application packet mailed or faxed to you, or call 650-926-2265 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

Science Education Academy of the Bay Area (SEABA)

SEABA is an association of 67 organizations in the 12 county San Francisco Bay Area that provides high-quality science professional development programs and resources for teachers. An on-line catalogue is available.

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 CPEP.

Equipment Donations for Schools

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.

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.

Education contact: P.A. Moore
SISE program contact: Karen McClenahan
Tours contact: Public Affairs Office
Last modified Mon Dec 15 08:05 PST 1997 by McDunn.