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CLASSE stands for Cornell Laboratory for Accelerator-based ScienceS and Education


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, chemistry, and mechanical engineering for pre-selected undergraduate students from primarily undergraduate institutions and minority serving institutions.

The ten-week Summer Undergraduate Research in Science and Engineering (SUNRISE) and Partnerships for Research and Education in Materials (PREM) programs are closely aligned. Both programs start on Monday, June 3, 2024 and end on Friday, August 9, 2024.

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). Women, Minorities and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering are strongly encouraged to participate in the SUNRISE and PREM programs.

Students work directly on research projects related to x-ray and accelerator technologies, working side-by-side with collaborating faculty from their home institution and a CLASSE scientist or graduate student mentor. Students conduct studies on such topics as photocathode sources, electrochemistry, 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 develop numerous technical skills, including familiarity with programming languages and techniques.

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