Worster Summer Research Fellowship

The Worster family has graciously given the Physics department a gift to support the development of graduate and undergraduate research in physics through a mentoring program that pairs an undergraduate with a graduate student mentor during the summer.

Undergraduates who will graduate in June 2019 are NOT eligible for this award. Sophomores are encouraged to apply.

Fellowship recipients will be obligated to commit a minimum of 10 weeks to the project, to give a presentation at an end-of-summer symposium and to provide a written summary of their team's progress and accomplishments at the end of the fellowship.  The Worsters will be invited to attend the symposium and the summaries will be sent to them in the fall as part of a package thanking them for this important gift.

The fellowship is to perform research for 10 weeks during the summer under the direct supervision of a mentoring graduate student. The undergraduate students are expected to dedicate their full attention to their research. Research fellows will not be permitted to register for classes during the summer quarter. Both undergraduate and graduate students will be required (and faculty will be encouraged) to attend bi-monthly meetings in which the undergraduates will give brief progress reports. Meeting dates and times will be made available soon.

Graduate fellowship recipients will receive $1000. Undergraduate fellowship recipients will receive $4500 ($2,250 in July and $2,250 in August).

Application Instructions can be found here Worster application instructions.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Sathya Guruswamy, Dirk Bouwmeester, or Andrew Jayich via e-mail.

Worster Summer Research Projects 2019

Alex Bevier, Switching elasticity of a DNA hydrogel by turning isostaticity on and off
Advised by Nate Conrad (PI: Deborah Fygenson)

Jason Corbin, Does Substrate annealing and O_2 treatment improve MKID performance?
Advised by Sarah Steiger (PI: Ben Mazin)

Yuanqi Lyu, Understanding Surface Quantum Interactions on Diamond Shallow Nitrogen-vacancy Centers
Advised by Simon Meynell (PI: Ania Jayich)

Umut Oktem, Exotic Higgs Production at the LHC
Advised by Seth Koren  (PI: Nathaniel Craig)

Haodong Qin,
Advised by Dillon Cislo (PI: Sebastian Streichan)

Raveen Sivashanker, Photon Bubbles in Neutron Star Accretion Columns
Advised by Lizhong Zhang  (PI: Omer Blaes)


Worster Research Fellows and Mentors with Bruce and Susan Worster