Charles H Townes Optical Science and Engineering Summer Program

Research facilities at Clemson Univeristy, Clemson SC

Townes Students participating in activities

An undergraduate student research experience where students from diverse science and engineering focused programs come to Clemson University for a 10 week summer program to work in state of the art laboratories in Clemson’s Center for Optical Materials Science and Engineering Technologies (COMSET).

This program was named for the late Dr. Charles H. Townes, recipient of the 1964 Nobel Prize in Physics for the invention of the maser (the predecessor to the laser), who is an alumnus of Furman University (1935) and Clemson (honoris causa, 1963). Students accepted into this summer program are the recipients of:

  • 10 weeks on Clemson’s campus with housing, parking and bus service throughout the area
  • Room & board and a $3500 stipend
  • Opportunity to meet other students at Clemson doing summer programs from around the world; while working with Clemson students
  • Vast alumni network
  • Group lunches and activities with the program
  • Help with presentations and write ups to create a poster for an end-of-summer conference
  • Potential for publishing peer-reviewed papers
  • Assistance with preparing for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)
  • Hands-on equipment use including:
    • Electron microscopes (SEM & TEM)
    • Optical draw tower and lathe
    • Extensive absorbance and fluorescence spectrometers
    • Wet chemistry and organic synthesis
    • Thermo-analysis characterization equipment
    • Electronic device (OLED, photovoltaic, memory) fabrication & testing glove box
    • …and much more…..

Move in Date: May 19, 2019  Program Start Date: May 20, 2019
Move out Date: July 27, 2019 Program End Date: July 26, 2019

To Apply: Please fill out application, personal statement, and resume. Please send to by DEADLINE March 8, 2019 at 5 p.m. EST.  Application decisions will be emailed out within two weeks of application deadline.  Applicants will have 1 week to respond with their intention to accept or decline the program offer.  

For more information, contact:
Courtney Kucera
Office 150 AMRL
91 Technology Drive
Anderson, SC 29625
Office: 864-656-1853

Townes Summer Students at Poster Session