Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate Research

ISP SUMMER UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH EXPERIENCE (SURE) 2014
MATERIALS UNDER EXTREME CONDITIONS

May 29, 2014 through August 1, 2014
Washington State University
Pullman, WA

The Institute for Shock Physics will provide an unparalled opportunity for talented undergraduate students who want to participate in a 9-week, multidisciplinary Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) “Materials under Extreme Conditions” in the summer of 2014.  The application period for SURE 2014 has now closed.

Program Goals
The SURE program goal is to provide undergraduate students in the Physical Sciences and Engineering the opportunity to perform hands-on experiments in a world class research organization.  Students will have the opportunity to undertake experimental investigations of condensed matter phenomena at extreme conditions. 

Using state-of-the-art equipment and diagnostics, material response is examined at different length scales in real time during shock wave and static high-pressure experiments.  Understanding condensed matter response at conditions relevant to dynamic loading (shock wave or shockless compression) and static high pressure has been central to advances in fundamental science and modern technology. 

Dynamic loading experiments (shock wave and shockless compression) subject materials to unique conditions (very large compressions, high temperatures, and large deformations) on very short time scales (picosecond to microsecond) resulting in a rich array of physical and chemical changes.   Materials behave differently depending on pressure and temperature as well as the rates of compression and deformation. To gain insights into detailed material behavior and transformations, ISP researchers take a synergistic approach involving theory and computations, static and dynamic experiments utilizing high pressure-temperature, continuum measurements, laser spectroscopy, and x-ray capabilities at the ISP and unique national facilities, such as third-generation synchrotron x-ray sources.

Projects
Projects will be tailored to the students’ area of interest within the fields of Physical Sciences and Engineering.  Click on here for more information about the possible research areas.  Additionally, click on the SURE Faculty link for information about each of the faculty members leading research projects.

Who is Eligible
Participants must be currently registered at a four year college and have achieved either sophomore or junior standing in physics, chemistry, mechanical engineering, or materials science.  In addition, students must be U.S. citizens or have U.S. permanent residency status. 

What You Do
Students will undertake state-of-the-art research projects, attend seminars, including seminars presented by senior scientists from DOE national laboratories (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories), give a presentation and create a poster reflecting their work for a presentation/poster session to be held at the end of the program.  

Financial Support

  • $5,000 stipend for the 9-week session (May 29, 2014 through August 1, 2014)
  • Free housing on campus
  • Travel assistance for travel to and from Pullman, WA (up to $500)

How to Apply
Application time period:  The application time period has closed.

To complete your application, please send the following items to: shockphysics@wsu.edu.

  1. Completed application form.
  2. Two letters of recommendation from faculty members at your college or university who can account for your academic and research abilities, experience, and potential.
  3. Unofficial transcript in PDF form.

Contact Us
If you have any questions about the undergraduate research programs or the application process, please contact:

Sheila Heyns
Senior Manager
shockphysics@wsu.edu
509-335-5345