The University of Rochester’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) announces its 2005 High School Summer Research Program. Approximately 12 students from area high schools who have finished their junior year will spend eight weeks this summer working on projects at LLE. These projects will be related to LLE’s 60-beam Omega laser, the world’s most powerful fusion laser, and will be supervised by members of the research staff. In addition to their projects, the students will attend seminars in the areas of science and technology. The program will begin July 5 and will culminate in a symposium on August 24 when the students will present the results of their summer work. The students will work 40 hours per week and will be paid.

The goal of this program is to expose highly motivated students, including women and underrepresented minorities, to research in science and technology in a realistic environment. In the past, several projects have led to recognition in national science competitions, including the Intel Science Talent Search and the Siemens Westinghouse competition. Two students from the 2004 program were among just 300 nationwide who reached the semifinals of the Intel competition. Stephen Craxton, a senior scientist at LLE, supervises the program. This will be the 17th year of the program.

Applications are due at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics, 250 East River Road, Rochester, NY 14623-1299 by March 18. The applications must include a short essay describing the student’s interest in science and technology and a supporting letter from a teacher. Several of the applicants will be interviewed and decisions will be made by the end of April.

For more information and application forms contact Craxton at (585) 275-5467.