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Argonne Accelerator Institute

About Lee Teng Fellowship

The Lee Teng undergraduate fellowship is a competitive, paid summer program that provides a unique research experience in accelerator science and technology. Students are assigned a physicist or engineer mentor at Argonne based on the best match of student skills with the research project. Mentors work closely with the students to carry out the research during the ten-week summer residency.

Application Requirements

  • Must be currently enrolled in full-time undergraduate studies at a U.S. university (open to both U.S. citizens and foreign nationals)
  • Must be a sophomore or junior at the time of applying 
  • Must be 18 years or older at the time the fellowship begins
  • Demonstrate interest in particle accelerator related disciplines: physics, electrical engineering, computing and control systems, mechanical engineering, and/or material science
  • Provide two (2) letters of recommendation via the online application
  • Submit transcript (unofficial transcript may be submitted with application, but official transcript must be provided upon acceptance)
  • Accepted program applicants must provide evidence of authorization to work in the United States.

Student Experience

The Lee Teng Fellowship provides an integrated approach to accelerator science and technology by including exposure to the field beyond the individual research projects.

Students are assigned to mentored projects at Argonne. Students receive a one-day tour at the various accelerator facilities at Argonne. Students also receive guidance on how to prepare for a career in accelerator science and technology, including applying to graduate school programs. Finally, at the end of the summer they write a paper about their summer research and give a short presentation about their project. View past Lee Teng projects.

About Argonne

Argonne National Laboratory is the home of the Advanced Photon Source, generating brilliant high-energy X-ray beams for research on the structure and function of materials. Argonne is also home to ATLAS (Argonne Tandem Linac Accelerator System), and the AWA (Argonne Wakefield Accelerator). ATLAS is a superconducting accelerator for heavy ions, used for nuclear structure and reaction research. The AWA research focuses on the physics and technology of advanced methods to accelerate charged particles. Lee Teng Students at Argonne have worked on physics, engineering, or computational problems of importance to accelerator or beamline research and development. The students have been placed with mentors at the Advanced Photon Source (APS), APS beamlines, ATLAS, and the AWA.