University of Rochester

Laser Laboratory Offers High School Summer Research Program

February 11, 2002

Area high school juniors are invited to apply to the 2002 summer research program at the University of Rochester's Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE), home to the world's most powerful fusion laser, the 60-beam Omega, and some of the world's top research in fusion and optics.

For eight weeks, approximately 10 students who have finished their junior year at area high schools will conduct research projects at LLE, working closely with the laboratory research staff. In addition, the students will attend seminars in science, technology, and professional ethics.

The program begins July 8 and ends Aug. 30. Students will work 40 hours each week and will be paid; the experience will culminate in presentations by the students at a special symposium during the final week.

The goal of the program is to expose students to research in science and technology in a realistic environment. Women and underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply. In the past, several projects have led to recognition in national science competitions. Last year one student was among just 300 nationwide who reached the semifinals of the Intel Science Talent Search, and another was a finalist in the new Siemens Westinghouse competition. In fact, most students from the Rochester area who have been recognized in such competitions have done their work at the laboratory. This will be the program's 14th year.

Applications are due at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics, 250 E. River Road, Rochester, NY 14623-1299 by March 22. Applications must include a short essay describing the student's interest in science and technology, and a supporting letter from a teacher. Some applicants will be interviewed and students will be chosen by the end of April.

For more information and application materials, contact the program's director, Senior Scientist Stephen Craxton, at 275-5467.