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2016 Summer Research for Community College Students

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded us a grant for a summer research program for upstate New York community college students. Under this program, three to four students interested in a career in science, engineering, and technology will be invited to participate in cutting-edge research at the Cornell Laboratory for Accelerator-based Sciences and Education (CLASSE).

The eight-week program will start Monday June 6, 2016 and end Friday July 25, 2016. In addition to participation in accelerator research, the program will include formal seminars, formal lectures, tours of research facilities, social and recreational events, and a forum at the program's end in which participants present results of their research. Participants will receive a stipend of $3940. Local group housing will be provided through Cornell University Campus life, if participants prefer not to commute daily.

View/download the 2013 SRCCS Participant Guide, SRCCS 2015 Events Calendar, Cornell Summer Program Information Sheet.


Student: Spenser Mann, Developing superconducting devices to measure cosmic microwave background. Mentors: Mike Niemack and Shawn Henderson
Student: Aaron Lusby, Building replicas of historical electron gun vacuum tubes. Mentor: Karl Smolenski
Student: Jeffrey Branigan, Design, prototyping and testing of cryogenic temperature sensors. Mentors: John Dobbins, Eric Smith and Peter Quigley
Student: Devin Sonne, Integrating x-ray fluorescence capabilities into secondary science curriculum. Mentors: Lora Hine, Eva Luna, Matt Ward and Arthur Woll


Participants in the program will be assigned a mentor (professor, research associate, or graduate student) to define the nature of the research project, to guide the participant's effort through frequent interaction, and to provide one-on-one training. Mentors will also advise on potential college and career options in the physical sciences, and will stay in contact with participants after the summer research program.


(Talks, final papers, student posters, and misc. images)


For further information, please contact:
Ms. Lora Hine
(607) 255-2319 (ph)

Ms. Monica Wesley
(607) 255-4952 (ph)


Summer research opportunities for undergraduates at CHESS gives the staff experience mentoring young scientists as well as adding an additional talented pair of hands to get a interesting projects to fruition. Examples of student projects include; building a new web-based “scoreboard” now used by all users to CHESS who view the status of the x-ray beam on wall-mounted displays, helping staff scientists analyze x-ray fluorescence data collected on a 15th century Catalonian altarpieces, and working with scientists to build a graphical user system for remotely centering protein crystals now used by all users who visit the A1, F1 and F2 stations. Even though each summer participant will work on individual projects, being a member of a larger research group, interacting with other undergraduate and graduate students, and contributing to the overall research mission of the work at CHESS will be strongly emphasized.


Cryogenic performance test of a superconducting RF cavity.

Participants will work in our SRF (Superconducting Radio Frequency) group. This group is a world-leader in the field of microwave superconductivity and its application in high energy accelerators and light sources. Each student will be assigned an individual research project that will be well integrated in our overall cutting-edge research on particle accelerators. Examples of potential projects are conducting surface analysis of niobium, developing electronics and software for instrument control, performing microwave measurements on absorbing materials, and optical inspection of the surface of superconducting microwave cavities. Even though each participant will work on individual projects, being a member of a larger research group, interacting with other undergraduate and graduate students, and contributing to the overall mission of our work will be strongly emphasized. The SRF Laboratory is located on the Cornell campus. It includes machine shops for cavity fabrication, clean rooms for cavity preparation, chemical rooms for surface treatments, high temperature furnaces for cavity purification, a test pit area for performance testing of the superconducting cavities at cryogenic temperatures, and advanced surface analysis tools.