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2018 Summer Undergraduate Research in Science and Engineering

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The Cornell Laboratory for Accelerator-based Sciences and Education (CLASSE) funds summer research opportunities in the areas of x-ray and accelerator sciences, materials science and mechanical engineering for pre-selected undergraduate students from primarily undergraduate institutions and minority serving institutions.

The eight-week Summer Undergraduate Research in Science and Engineering (SUnRiSE) program starts Monday, June 11, 2018 and end Friday, August 3, 2018.

RachelClose_compress.png Students work directly on research projects related to x-ray and accelerator technologies, working side-by-side a collaborating faculty from their home institution and a CLASSE scientist or graduate student mentor. Students conduct studies on such topics as photocathode sources, measurement of accelerated electron beams, laser optics for use in the future accelerators, residual stress, fatigue and X-ray diffraction, x-ray optics and x-ray detectors. In addition to conducting research, students developed numerous technical skills, including familiarity with programming languages and techniques.

Rachael Helvoigt, 2017 SUnRiSE participant

To be eligible for this program, undergraduate students must be nominated by a CLASSE researcher and collaborating faculty member from their home institution. Under this program, students interested in a career in science, engineering, and technology are invited to participate in cutting-edge research under the advisement of their faculty mentor at (CLASSE).

The program will include formal seminars, formal lectures, tours of research facilities at Cornell, social and recreational events, and a forum at the end of the program where participants present their research results. Local group housing can be provided through Cornell University Campus life, if participants prefer not to commute daily. CornellCampus.jpg

Women, Minorities and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering are strongly encouraged to participate in the SUnRiSe program.

McGraw Clock Tower, Cornell University


Student: Kurtis Pink (Fort Lewis College)
Mentor: InSitu
Project: 2018 InSitu Projects and Mentors

Student: Jacob Reader (Fort Lewis College)
Mentor: InSitu
Project: 2018 InSitu Projects and Mentors

Student: Joseph Cavale (Fort Lewis College)
Mentor: InSitu
Project: 2018 InSitu Projects and Mentors

Student: Christopher Flynn (Fort Lewis College)
Mentor: Richard Gillilan
Project: Evaluating Microfluidic Mixing Chips for Biological Small Angle X-ray Scattering

Student: Guillermo Colón-Quintana (University Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus)
Mentor: Carlos Cabrera
Project: Electrochemical and X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy Characterization of Ag-Pd Nanocatalyst

Student: Nicohl Cintrón-Rodríguez (University of Puerto Rico, Universidad Metropolitana)
Mentor: Mitk'El Santiago
Project: Characterizing doped metal oxide catalysts for fuel cell applications


The SUNRiSE program is closely aligned to the Summer Research for Community College Students (SRCCS) program. Details about the SUNRiSE and SRCCS programs are provided below. View/download:


2017 Students, Mentors and Projects

2016 Students, Mentors and Projects

2015 Students, Mentors and Projects

For further information, please contact:
General inquiries:
Dr. Lora Gruber-Hine

Housing and stipend inquiries:
Ms. Monica Wesley
(607) 255-4952 (ph)