Exposure to research and applying textbook knowledge outside of the classroom reinforces understanding and provides personal insights into career options.
CHESS employs undergraduate students to work part-time during the school-year or full-time over summers through our Co-op program, balancing inquiry-based learning skills with teamwork and independent exploration. Projects produce long-term benefits to CHESS and the x-ray user community, as well as valuable practical experience for the students.
Additionally, undergraduate students come to CHESS from an array of externally funded programs. CHESS partners with the Cornell College of Engineering to host LSAMP (Upstate Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation) students.
Approximately a dozen REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) students each summer are hosted by CLASSE. CHESS also funds a program called “Summer Research for Community College Students” (SRCCS), which selects 4-5 students from (2-year) community colleges for eight-week internships in accelerator and x-ray sciences research, during which students attend/lead formal seminars, tour research facilities, enjoy social and recreational events, and build an interactive exhibit for Xraise.
The SUNRiSE Program (Summer Undergraduate Research in Science and Engineering), closely aligned to SRCCS, is available for pre-selected undergraduate students from four-year degree granting institutions.