Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship Program (SULI)

Program Description

Summer 2015 Term SULI Applications are due January 9, 2015. You can apply here.

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is a world-renowned laboratory with research opportunities in physics, chemistry, materials and environmental sciences, scientific computing, and many engineering fields. SLAC’s summer internship program offers exciting opportunities for undergraduate students majoring in science or engineering to conduct research.

The 2015 summer program at SLAC runs for nine weeks, from June 21 to August 22 (you can option for an eight week
 program that ends on August 15). 

Students selected for internships receive:

  • Stipends ($500/week)
  • Travel expenses
  • Free housing on Stanford University Campus

Find out what student alumni enjoy about their experiences!

Research Opportunities

During the internship, each student works with a scientist or engineer on a project related to the Laboratory’s research program. At the conclusion of the internship, the student writes a research paper and makes a brief presentation on his or her project. Students also participate in a series of scientific lectures and tours. Student projects range from solar-cell technology to astrophysics, from cancer drug research to particle physics and accelerator design, and from biocompatibility of medical devices to ultrafast (femtosecond) phenomena.

To learn more about the research conducted at SLAC, view our:

Information on SLAC's scientific computing can be found on the Computing Division website.

Descriptions of past SULI student projects:

Application Information

Who Should Apply?

SLAC has strong research programs in astrophysics, condense matter physics, particle physics, materials science, environmental molecular sciences, chemistry and biology.

SLAC SULI application seeks students from physics, chemistry, biology, geology, and materials science with background and interests in quantum mechanics, x-ray physics, astrophysics, cosmology, computer sciences, geochemistry, spectroscopy, molecular and cell biology, medicine etc.

Past SULI students have worked on topics ranging from a model of the gamma ray sky for the Fermi telescope to degradation of marine archeological wood, from transparent conducting electrodes for solar cells to dissociation of thiocyanate salts, and from novel B0 decay to femtosecond chemical dynamics using the x-ray laser.

Important Dates:

  • October 15, 2014: online application opens
  • January 9, 2015: application and letters of recommendation's deadline
  • March 13, 2015: all offers are made by this date
  • Program Dates: June 21 to August 22, 2015 (with an option for an eight week program ending on August 15)

Eligibility for SULI Internship:

  • United States Citizen or Permanent Resident Alien
  • Must be at least 18 years or older at the time the internship begins
  • Undergraduate majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM)
  • Must have a GPA of at least 3.0
  • Ability to commit to an 8 or 9 week program at SLAC
To Apply:

Program Deliverables

Program participants must complete the following:

  • Must complete the full 8 or 9 week program. Students should expect to spend approximately 40 hours a week working on their projects or participating in development activities.
  • Must complete the entrance and exit surveys through the online system.
  • Must complete and submit a 6-8 page final paper and give a brief presentation on the outcome of their project.
  • Must behave in a responsible and professional manner. Please review Stanford’s Code of Conduct and SLAC’s Respectful Workplace Policy.

For more details on deliverables, visit: Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) Program Deliverables  Requirements and Guidelines.

For More Information

Please  visit the SULI website or download the brochure to learn more about the Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship Program.


If you have questions or need assistance, please contact:

Maria Mastrokyriakos
Workforce Development & Diversity Specialist
SULI Program Manager
Human Resources Development and Services
2575 Sand Hill Road, MS 11
Building 28, Rm. 83
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Tel: (650) 926-2265
Fax: (650) 926-4999

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