The Cal-Bridge Summer program is a network of California State Universities and California Community Colleges from which students are recruited to participate in undergraduate research projects for 8-10 weeks in the summer. Selected students get to participate in cutting-edge research in astronomy, physics, planetary and space science, or astrobiology, at one of our 15 world-class partner research institutions. Students are paid a stipend and their travel and housing expenses are covered.
Within Cal-Bridge Summer, there is the Cal-Bridge-HERA Astronomy Minority Partnership (CHAMP) program, which provides selected students the opportunity to study cosmology and radio astronomy. CHAMP is a one-week radio astronomy “boot camp” designed to give students skills they will need to succeed in their research. Students get to work at one of 6 universities partnering on the Hydrogen Epoch of Reionization Array (HERA) project, a new state-of-the-art radio telescope being built in South Africa. Following the one-week “boot camp” students will then work for the next 9 weeks with faculty and staff at one of the CHAMP sites on HERA-related projects.
Selected Cal-Bridge Summer/CHAMP students will receive a $5000 stipend for the full 10 weeks. In addition, participants will be provided with housing and will be reimbursed for travel from home or campus to their research site. Successful applicants are notified in March.
To learn more about the research opportunities offered by the Cal-Bridge Summer and CHAMP programs, talk to the listed faculty contact at your school: