02 December 1998

Education Information

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College and Graduate Programs

Summer Internships in Science & Engineering (SISE)

1998 SISE Students & Staff
1998 Summer Internships in Science & Engineering Participants and Staff

Jennifer Burney & Al Ashley
1998 Ernest Coleman Memorial Award Winner - Jennifer Burney with Program Founder, Al Ashley.  The Ernest Coleman Award is given for Outstanding Scholarship and Citizenship.
Three friends from a summer in California
Three new friends from
a summer in California
Two Students Student and Copper Project

Students work on individual projects for the eight-week internship

Student and Supervisor

Student with meter

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1998 SISE Staff Members help make the summer a great learning experience!

About the Program

For the last thirty years, the SISE program has offered 20 students an eight week paid internship at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) in Menlo Park, California. Many of our participants in the program have decided on a career in science and engineering because of their summer experience. Students work with a scientist or engineer on a project related to the laboratory's research program. SLAC is a high-energy physics laboratory operated by Stanford University for the United States Department of Energy. To learn more about the research done at SLAC, go to our Virtual Visitor Center or our home page at .Students also participate in a program of scientific lectures and tours to local Silicon Valley high-tech industry. Free housing on Stanford campus, transportation, and a stipend are offered to selected students.

SLAC particularly encourages applications to this program from students belonging to groups under-represented in physical science careers, such as women, minority students, and low-income students. Applicants need at least one year of college-level physics to be selected by SLAC and must not have graduated from college at the time of the program. Students who are majoring in physics, engineering, or computer science are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must also be United States Citizens, Permanent Resident Aliens or F-1 Visa Students at Stanford University only.

The program is funded by the United States Department of Energy through the Oakridge Institute of Science Education. SLAC participates in the Energy Research Undergraduate Laboratory Fellowships (ERULF) which offers internships at research laboratories funded by the US Department of Energy.

How to Apply

To apply fill out the on-line Fellowship application at Be sure to specify SLAC as one of your choices for placement. The deadline is February 1st. In addition,  please send email to notifying us of your application. Include in this message any information about yourself that you think we should know.

Student Support

If you need more information or assistance, please send e-mail to the Summer Internships in Science and Engineering ( or call 650-926-2265.

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) 631-7771
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 and submit a use plan form. If the equipment is available, a receipt must be completed and signed by a school official prior to picking up the equipment. Contact the Education Office about 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 02 December 1998 by McDunn.