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LIGO Summer Undergraduate Research Program

Undergraduate students in physics, astronomy and engineering are invited to participate in the development of gravitational-wave astronomy through the LIGO Project.

The LIGO Project is an NSF-supported endeavor to design, build, and operate an astrophysical observatory for the detection and study of gravitational radiation. The observatory includes two sites (Hanford, Washington and Livingston Parish, Louisiana) with laser interferometric detector systems. The aim of the LIGO Summer Undergraduate Research Program is to organize the participation of undergraduate students in research associated with the LIGO Project.

LIGO research projects may cover many areas of science and engineering related to the detection of gravitational radiation.

LIGO Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows will pursue research projects under the mentorship of one or more LIGO Laboratory scientists and/or engineers.

This is 10 week program. Fellows receive a $6,000 stipend.


late January

Application Procedure:
Student applies directly

Eligible to Apply:

Undergraduate: Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors, non-graduating Seniors

Graduate: None

Award Type:

Award Period:
Summer (Undergraduate)

Disciplines / Areas of Study or Interest:
Computer Science and Engineering, Mathematics and Science, Gravitational physics, Astrophysics, Metrology, Optics, Lasers, Mechanical systems, Controls, Electronics

Additional Qualifications:
Minimum GPA of 2.5; Complete least one full year course in undergraduate physics.

Last Updated:
July 10, 2018

Last Updated: 9/12/17