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SURF: Announcements of Opportunity

Below are Announcements of Opportunity posted by Caltech faculty and JPL technical staff for the SURF program. Additional AOs for the Amgen Scholars program can be found here.

Specific GROWTH projects being offerred for summer 2017 can be found here.

Students pursuing opportunities at JPL must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents.

Each AO indicates whether or not it is open to non-Caltech students. If an AO is NOT open to non-Caltech students, please DO NOT contact the mentor.

Announcements of Opportunity are posted as they are received. Please check back regularly for new AO submissions! Remember: This is just one way that you can go about identifying a suitable project and/or mentor.

Announcements for external summer programs are listed here.

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Project:  Einstein Papers Project: Coping With Fame
Disciplines:  History, History and Philosophy of Science
Mentor:  Diana Kormos-Buchwald, Professor, (HSS),, Phone: 8048
Mentor URL:  (opens in new window)
Background:  This project is designed to examine the family corresponce of Albert Einstein in the years after he received the Nobel Prize in Physics. It focuses on his sons' and other family members' response to Eistein''s growing fame and visibility.
Description:  The project involves research into the vast correspondence and writings of Einstein, his family, and friends for the period 1921 to 1932.
References:  Digital Einstein Papers
Contains all the volumes of The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein published to date, 1879-1925.
Student Requirements:  A solid background in humanities, especially 20th century history, psychology, literature combined with a good reading knowledge of German is required. Previous experience with work in archives highly desirable.
Programs:  This AO can be done under the following programs:

  Program    Available To
       SURF    both Caltech and non-Caltech students 

Click on a program name for program info and application requirements.

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