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Aeronautics and Astronautics Community Research Experience (AACRE)

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Stanford Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics offers a 10-week summer research  program (June 26th to September 1st 2023) that provides community college students with an opportunity to explore careers in research. Students gain an experience that will help strengthen their knowledge, skills and understanding of research methodologies as well as graduate school.

The goal of Aeronautics and Astronautics Community Research Experience (AACRE) program is to provide a unique summer experience that encourages students to pursue studies in engineering.

This year we will run a fully in-person program with students paired with a faculty mentor at one of the research laboratories in Aeronautics and Astronautics. Students can expect to experience research involving engineering design, computational analysis, modeling, and/or simulation, and technical writing such as reports and conducting a literature review. Students work on a research project under the guidance and mentorship of a faculty mentor. In addition to research, students will participate in mentoring meetings, professional development workshops, and a variety of social activities. Students will be required to participate and share in research meetings, and present their research results at a final research symposium in August 2023. 


  • In-person research experience
  • Faculty mentoring
  • Professional development
  • Networking opportunities
  • Flexible time commitment & scheduling (up to 40 hours/week)
  • Pay rate: $25/hour
  • Loaner laptop equipment provided as needed


  • Students interested in science, technology, engineering or mathematics disciplines
  • Be a current enrolled community college student during the summer of 2023 (i.e. community college graduation date in Spring 2024 or later)
  • Be legally eligible for employment in the USA without sponsorship and be over 18 years old

Students from underrepresented groups, including women, persons with disabilities, veterans, and first-generation students are strongly encouraged to apply

Please note this is an IN-PERSON program, and housing is not provided - please bear this in mind when applying, as you will need to be in the Stanford/Bay Area region to fully engage with the in-person AACREs program. 


Applications are open for 2023!

Application deadline: Sunday 21st May 2023 11:59pm (23:59) Pacific Day Time Zone

More information: 

Learn about our 2021 AACREs Alums stories here! (Link:…)

QR code for AACRE 2023 application:

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