Cornell University, Cornell Laboratory for Accelerator-based Sciences and Education

Position ID:Cornell-CLASSEPhysics-SERCCS2024 [#26742]
Position Title: SERCCS2024
Position Type:Student programs
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Engineering
Materials Science
Appl Deadline:2024/04/05 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2023/11/28, finished 2024/05/20)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***

Summer Engineering and Research for Community College Students (SERCCS) at Cornell 

We are inviting community college students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents to apply for our Summer Engineering and Research for Community College Students (SERCCS) program. Through this program, students interested in a career in science, engineering, and technology have the opportunity to participate in research and development projects at the Center for High-Energy X-ray Sciences (CHEXS) at Cornell. 

CHEXS is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and operates experimental capabilities optimized for the characterization of materials and biological systems with high intensity and high energy X-rays provided by the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS). 

During the ten-week SERCCS program (June 3 - August 9, 2024), participants will work closely with a mentor on a project related to ongoing research and development at CHEXS. These projects include the development of new experimental capabilities, testing and commissioning of scientific instruments, data analysis and interpretation etc. In addition to participating in research and development, the SERCCS program includes seminars, lectures and social events as well as a symposium at the end of the program when participants present results of their research to all program participants and mentors. Local group housing will be provided through Cornell University Campus life. Participants will receive a stipend of $6,000 for the duration of the program. 

Your application should include: 

1. A personal statement describing your experience, skills, interests and goals, and what aspect of the research is of special interest to you. 

2. An official electronic transcript from your community college. 

3. Two letters of recommendation, at least one from a professor at your college. 

For further information about the program, please contact Kate Shanks ( Additional information, including descriptions of previous years' student research projects, can be found on the SERCCS website

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Pay Ranges:

The hiring rate of pay for the successful candidate will be determined considering the following criteria:

  • Prior relevant work or industry experience.
  • Education level to the extent education is relevant to the position.
  • Academic Discipline (faculty pay ranges reflects 9-month annual salary)
  • Unique applicable skills.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
email address
134 Newman Lab
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853