The Kavli Nanoscience Institute (KNI) at the California Institute of Technology established the SURF-the-WAVE (STW) Prize Fellowships program to provide opportunities for motivated undergraduates who are interested in carrying out cutting-edge summer research projects in nanoscience at Caltech. In partnership with the Student-Faculty Programs (SFP) office and its WAVE summer program, KNI STW Prize Fellowships are awarded to undergraduates at non-Caltech universities who plan to pursue PhDs in science or engineering.
Successful candidates will develop and carry out research projects under the guidance and mentorship of Caltech faculty, postdoctoral scholars, and graduate students. Throughout this 10-week program, STW prize fellows participate in educational and social events sponsored by SFP, as well as additional specialized activities with the KNI community, to gain new technical skills and experience life as a researcher at Caltech.
This prize covers the full $6,840 WAVE salary, $2,300 to defray housing expenses, up to $500 in travel support, and complimentary access to the KNI Laboratory for their research. The KNI strongly encourages students from all backgrounds, races, genders, sexual orientations, ethnicities, and abilities to apply. In order to be considered for the KNI SURF-the-WAVE prize, students must complete and submit a WAVE application through the Student-Faculty Programs website. Note the application deadline is January 9, 2022. Read full instructions and details here: https://sfp.caltech.edu/undergraduate-research/programs/wavefellows.
Successful WAVE applicants will be matched with faculty mentors and will develop the timeline and details for a summer research project together during the Winter/Spring term. The KNI SURF-the-WAVE (STW) prize will be awarded to selected incoming WAVE fellows, and will be notified of the supplemental award in late January/February.
The 10-week in person WAVE program officially begins in June. See below for example(s) of research opportunities for this coming summer. If interested in one of these particular projects, please contact the cognizant faculty member(s) for further information. Note: STW awardees are not required to apply with one of the research projects listed below.
We highly recommend that candidates learn about and reach out to individual faculty members with whom they would like to work prior to submitting their WAVE application. You may find more information about the KNI-affiliated faculty members on our website; however, candidates may work with non-affiliated KNI faculty as well, so long as the research project is related to nanoscience, e.g. quantum information, photonics, bio- or medical-engineering, sustainability, etc..
If you have any questions, please contact Tiffany Kimoto at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WAVE Research Project Opportunities!
Superconducting qubit devices play a key role in modern approaches to engineering scalable quantum computers with low error rates. We seek to engineer qubit devices based on new material platforms grown on atomically flat substrates via molecular beam epitaxy using state-of-the-art nanofabrication techniques. This research will involve developing the processing steps for building tantalum-based superconducting qubits for enhanced coherence times, and will call upon experimental approaches such as developing electron beam lithography recipes and low temperature electrical measurement protocols.
Caltech WAVE Program
Caltech's WAVE program was designed to promote diversity within STEM and activities and strives to ensure that differing cultural, ethnic, social, geographic, and economic perspectives are represented. The program is extended, but not limited, to underrepresented minorities, women, first-generation college students, geographically underrepresented students, educationally or financially disadvantaged students, and students with disabilities. Please visit the WAVE webpage for full details, application requirements and timelines.
Learn more about our previous KNI SURF-the-WAVE cohorts!