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2024 Summer High School Research Program

February 12, 2024
High School Program students inside of the OMEGA EP Laser System.

Students from the 2023 Summer High School Research Program during their tour of OMEGA EP.

The Laboratory for Laser Energetics announces its 35th Summer High School Research Program. Up to 16 students from Rochester-area high schools work full time for eight weeks between their junior and senior years. The students work with LLE scientists and engineers on research projects of current interest, gaining their first experience of real scientific research.

The students attend weekly seminars on technical topics associated with LLE’s research, learn how to give scientific presentations, receive guidance on writing scientific reports, and are given a tour of OMEGA EP. At the end of the program the students present the results of their research to an audience including parents, teachers, and LLE staff. The students produce project reports, experiencing most of the steps involved in preparing a scientific paper for publication. Project reports dating back to 2000 are available here. Many students find that the program has a transformational impact on their lives, often launching them into careers in science and technology. In addition, LLE gains from the contributions of the many highly talented students who are attracted to the program.

A total of 431 high school students have participated in the program through 2023. More information about this unique educational opportunity and application forms for the 2024 program are available here. The application deadline is March 11.