UR’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics has announced its 2008 High School Summer Research Program. The program will consist of 12 students picked from Rochester-area schools who have finished their junior year.

Past projects have led to acknowledgment in national science competitions, including the Intel Science Talent Search. In 2007, two students from the program were among only 300 others who reached the semifinals. The program aims to expose ambitious students to study science and technology.

The program lasts from July 7 to Aug. 27. The students will conclude their summers with a conference where they will present their work. The students will work 40 hours per week and will be paid.

The projects this summer will revolve around two of the LLE’s lasers: the 60-beam OMEGA laser, which is the world’s most powerful fusion laser and the OMEGA EP laser, which is currently being constructed. The students will be under the direction of the LLE’s research staff.

According to its Web site, the LLE’s mission statement includes developing new laser and materials technologies, conducting research and development in advanced technology related to high-energy-density phenomena and providing graduate and undergraduate education in electro-optics, high-power lasers, high-energy-density physics, plasma physics, and nuclear fusion technology.

Applications for the program include a short essay describing the student’s interest in science and technology, as well as a letter of recommendation from a teacher.

Schneier is a member of the class of 2011.

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