UPDATE: The REHSS program will not accept any more applications for summer 2019. All of our spots were filled. Those who will be in the 11th grade next year, please check back in winter 2020.

The Research Experience for High School Students is an intense, 5-week scientific research program at Saint Joseph’s University. The program provides a full immersion in a research lab at the Department of Physics at Saint Joseph’s University. Students volunteer in a research lab and hence, engage in an independent research project under the mentorship of a research faculty member in the Department of Physics.

This program provides opportunity for rising high school seniors, who are planning to apply to a physics college program, to engage in faculty-mentored research during the summer months.

Several students worked with the faculty of the Department of Physics in summer of 2017 and 2018 on topics ranging from colloidal suspensions and oceanography to stability of thin films. For detailed descriptions of research conducted by the faculty please visit faculty web pages.

Faculty participating in the program during summer 2019:
Dr. Paul Angiolillo, Dr. Piotr Habdas, and Dr. Doug Kurtze.

Juliana Shouldis '21, Mount Saint Joseph Academy
Juliana Shouldis ’21, Mount Saint Joseph Academy (Dr. Paul Angiolillo lab)

Owen Sherbinko '19, Marple Newtown High School
Owen Sherbinko ’19, Marple Newtown High School (Dr. Piotr Habdas lab)

Jack Seiberlich '19, La Salle College High School
Jack Seiberlich ’19, La Salle College High School (Dr. Piotr Habdas lab)

Ian Self '19, La Salle College High School and Thomas Petz '19, Saint Joseph’s Preparatory School
Ian Self ’19, La Salle College High School and Thomas Petz ’19, Saint Joseph’s Preparatory School (Dr. Piotr Habdas lab)

Carter Hrabick '19, Saint Joseph’s Preparatory School
Carter Hrabrick ’19, Saint Joseph’s Preparatory School (Dr. Piotr Habdas lab)

Similarly to the Summer Scholars Program at Saint Joseph’s University, the goals of the program include:
1) providing students with an opportunity to engage in research for an extended period,
2) fostering close professional interaction between students and faculty mentors as an expression of cura personalis, and
3) affording students with the opportunity to publicly share and present the results of their work within the SJU community.

Expectations:
Students will engage in activity under the direction of a Department of Physics faculty member, during part of the summer of 2019. The student must be present during the whole program. Specific hours of experience will be determined by the faculty member.

Please submit the following documents:
1) an application,
2) a transcript,
3) a recommendation letter*. recommendation form
*An automatic recommendation request will be sent to student’s chosen person upon the completion of the online application.

Summer 2019 Timeline:
4/1/2019 – Applications deadline.
5/1/2019 – Students are notified of acceptance.
5/15/2019 – Students accept or decline acceptance. In the event that positions are declined, positions will be offered to students on the alternate list.
5/20/2019 – Positions are offered to students on the alternate list.
5/25/2019 – Deadline for alternates to accept or decline positions (if available).
6/1/2019 – Final list of student participants and volunteer letters.

6/24/2019 – Start of the program.
7/26/2019 – End of the program.

Contact information:
Piotr Habdas
phabdas”at”sju.edu
610 660-1962