CalBridge Summer Program


CalBridge Summer Program

For this opportunity “Community college students in the process of transferring to a 4-year institution are eligible to apply

Hello Science and Engineering Majors,

The Cal-Bridge Summer program provides paid summer research opportunities for majors in any field of science or engineering in physics, astronomy & astrophysics, planetary science, astrobiology, and related fields at multiple world-class research institutions. Many sites have projects appropriate to multiple majors in both science and engineering. Past Cal-Bridge Summer scholars have been majors in physics, biology, chemistry, computer science, geology, math, and multiple majors in engineering. Note that restrictions with regard to US citizenship or permanent residence do not apply at some sites.

Topics you can work on include:

  • Astronomy & Astrophysics
  • Astrobiology
  • Biophysics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • High Energy Density Plasma & Laser Physics
  • Magnetic Imaging
  • Materials Science
  • Neutrino Physics
  • Optics (including Quantum Optics)
  • Particle Astrophysics
  • Particle/High Energy/Nuclear Physics
  • Planetary Science
  • Radio Astronomy
  • Solar Physics

The main Cal-Bridge Summer research sites are:

  • – Caltech* in Pasadena, California (physics, astronomy & astrophysics research)
  • – Carnegie Observatories in Pasadena, California (astronomy & astrophysics research)
  • – Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona (astronomy & astrophysics and planetary science research)
  • – Penn State University in State College, Pennsylvania (particle astrophysics)
  • – SETI Institute in Mountain View, California (astrobiology research)
  • – Stanford University* in Palo Alto, California (astronomy & astrophysics plus physics research, including AMO, biophysics, condensed matter, and particle physics)
  • – UC Merced Physics REU in Merced, California (physics)
  • – University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming (astronomy & astrophysics research)

  • *Can accept DACA/AB540 students

In addition, there are a set of research opportunities with the Cal-Bridge-HERA Astronomy Minority Partnership (CHAMP) program. In this program, participants will study cosmology and radio astronomy at one of 8 universities partnering on the Hydrogen Epoch of Reionization Array (HERA) project, a new state-of-the-art radio telescope being built in South Africa. Students with an interest in hands-on laboratory and computer-based work (including majors in physics, computer science, and engineering), while working to understand the underlying science of the project, are especially encouraged to apply to CHAMP. The exact sites participating in the program in 2023 are still to be determined, so applicants to CHAMP should be willing to work at any of these sites.

The 8 research sites in the CHAMP program are:

  • – Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona
  • – UC Berkeley in Berkeley, California
  • – Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island
  •  McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • – Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • – UCLA in Los Angeles, California
  • – University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • – University of Washington in Seattle, Washington

General program information

  • – Program participants receive a stipend; in addition, travel and housing expenses are included 
  • – Application deadline is February 1, 2023
  • – Programs run from 8-10 weeks
  • -The program dates vary by site; visit each Cal-Bridge Summer research site web page for more information
  • – Students may (and should) apply to work at more than one research site. The more opportunities selected, the better the chances of being chosen for the program

Visit our website to learn more about the program and browse the individual research site web pages for details on the program requirements for each site.

General program requirements

  • – Applicants must be 18 years old by the start of the program
  • – Applications are only accepted on-line
  • – The program targets students from groups traditionally excluded from these opportunities, but all students who meet the program eligibility requirements may apply
  • – Some opportunities are open to US Citizens and permanent residents only, while others are open to all applicants, regardless of citizenship/immigration status 
  • – Community college students in the process of transferring to a 4-year institution are eligible to apply
  • – Detailed info on the program is at the program website
  • – Application instructions can be found here

Any questions can be directed to the program at

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