Worster Summer Research Fellowship

The Worster family has graciously given the Physics department a gift to support the development of graduate and undergraduate research in physics through a mentoring program that pairs an undergraduate with a graduate student mentor during the summer.

The Worster Summer Research Fellowship application deadline is April 17, 2023. 

Undergraduate Student Eligibility

•Students who will graduate in June 2023 are NOT eligible for this award. 
•Sophomores are encouraged to apply, though for equally qualified applicants preference may be given to juniors.

Graduate Student Eligibility: 

•Students must be registered in at least 8 units the following Fall Quarter to receive the Worster Award. 
•Students must be an enrolled graduate student in the Spring Quarter, or earlier before the Summer award. 
•New graduate students that begin graduate school the Fall following the Worster Award are ineligible. 
•Students must not be on filing or personal leave for the previous Spring and/or the following Fall after the Worster Award. 
•Students must not have graduated the Spring preceding or the Summer of the Worster Award. 

Fellowship recipients will be obligated to commit a minimum of 10 weeks to the project, to give a presentation at an end-of-summer symposium and to provide a written summary of their team's progress and accomplishments at the end of the fellowship.  The Worsters will be invited to attend the symposium and the summaries will be sent to them in the fall as part of a package thanking them for this important gift.

The fellowship is to perform research for 10 weeks during the summer under the direct supervision of a graduate student in the Physics Department. The undergraduate students are expected to dedicate their full attention to their research. Research fellows will not be permitted to register for classes during the summer quarter. Both undergraduate and graduate students will be required (and faculty will be encouraged) to attend bi-monthly meetings in which the undergraduates will give brief progress reports. Meeting dates and times will be made available before the start of the program.

Graduate fellowship recipients will receive $1000. Undergraduate fellowship recipients will receive $4500 ($2,250 in July and $2,250 in August).

Application Instructions can be found here Worster application instructions.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Xiao LuoChenhao Jin, orTengiz Bibilashvili via e-mail.


Worster Summer Research Projects 2022

Sam Alcott,
Advised by Ryan Schmitz (PI: David Stuart)

Changyuan Wang,
Advised by Raymond Adkins (PI: Zvonimir Dogic)

Jacob Nie,
Advised by Richen Xiong (PI: Chenhao Jin)

Yuan Li,
Advised by Zixuan Peng (PI: Crystal Martin)

Xin Sheng,
Advised by Lizhong Zhang (PI: Omer Blaes)

Chaoshen Zhang,
Advised by Sean Buechele (PI: Andrew Jayich)


Worster Summer Research Projects 2021

Junyi Cheng,
Advised by Tianji Cai  (PI: Nathaniel Craig, Katy Craig)

Chang Jin,
Advised by Zhiran Zhang, Taylor Morrison (PI: Ania Bleszynski Jayich)

Ziyi (Frazier) Li,
Advised by David Grabovsky (PI: David Berenstein)

Ganden Schaffner,
Advised by Mingyu Fan (PI: Andrew Jayich)

Richard Yang,
Advised by Dillon Cislo  (PI: Sebastian Streichan,)

Ruining Zhang,
Advised by Ludwig Holleis (PI: Andrea Young)


Worster Summer Research Projects 2020

Alec Cao,
Advised by Roshan Sajjad  (PI: David Weld)

Natalie LeBaron,
Advised by Joe Swearngin (PI: Dirk Bouwmeester)

Sarah Polizzotto,
Advised by Megan Newsome (PI: Crystal Martin)

Menghang (David) Wang,
Advised by Amara McCune (PI: Nathaniel Craig)

Cole Williams,
Advised by Zhiran Zhang  (PI: Ania Jayich)

Sven Witthaus,
Advised by Raymond Adkins  (PI: Zvonimir Dogic)


Worster Summer Research Projects 2019

Alex Bevier, Switching elasticity of a DNA hydrogel by turning isostaticity on and off
Advised by Nate Conrad (PI: Deborah Fygenson)

Jason Corbin, Does Substrate annealing and O_2 treatment improve MKID performance?
Advised by Sarah Steiger (PI: Ben Mazin)

Yuanqi Lyu, Understanding Surface Quantum Interactions on Diamond Shallow Nitrogen-vacancy Centers
Advised by Simon Meynell (PI: Ania Jayich)

Umut Oktem, Exotic Higgs Production at the LHC
Advised by Seth Koren  (PI: Nathaniel Craig)

Haodong Qin,
Advised by Dillon Cislo (PI: Sebastian Streichan)

Raveen Sivashanker, Photon Bubbles in Neutron Star Accretion Columns
Advised by Lizhong Zhang  (PI: Omer Blaes)


Worster Research Fellows and Mentors with Bruce and Susan Worster