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SGSI 2022: Energy@Stanford & SLAC: Energy Research for the 21st Century

Course Closed

Monday, Sept. 12 – Thursday, Sept. 15, 9 AM - 7:30 PM; Friday, Sept. 16, 8:30 AM - 2 PM (optional)

Incoming Stanford graduate and professional school students: Jumpstart your energy education at Stanford. Build your personal energy network at Stanford and hear about current research from over 25 distinguished Stanford energy faculty and expert speakers. Develop a broad perspective on energy and meet Silicon Valley energy entrepreneurs. Compete in the En-ROADS team challenge. Visit Stanford’s state-of-the-art Central Energy Facility and take an optional half-day tour of SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. This four-and-a-half-day course will allow you to meet fellow incoming graduate and professional school students who share an interest in energy, and build an interdisciplinary community across campus. An energy background is not required; students from all schools and departments are encouraged to apply.


  • Yi Cui, PhD, director, Precourt Institute for Energy; professor, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Harold Hwang, PhD, deputy director, Stanford Institute for Materials & Energy Sciences (SIMES); professor, Applied Physics and Photon Science

Audience & Capacity

Open to all incoming and returning graduate students in any discipline. Space is limited to 128.


By participating fully in this course, you will:

  • Learn about the breadth and depth of energy research from over 25 Stanford faculty and researchers

  • Develop an interdisciplinary perspective on energy at Stanford

  • Build your personal cross-campus network of incoming graduate students 

  • Network with Silicon Valley energy entrepreneurs 

  • Attend in-depth elective interactive discussions with Stanford faculty and researchers of your choice

  • Compete in the interactive group team challenge En-ROADS

  • Take an optional half-day tour of SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory


The 2022 Energy@Stanford & SLAC conference will be a four-and-a-half-day course held on campus from Monday, September 12th through Friday, September 16th. Friday will be an optional half-day tour of SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. 

We intend to run the 2022 program fully in-person, using and building upon feedback we’ve received over the years. Each year we review and incorporate our student participants’ feedback from our post-conference survey, as well as feedback from the staff planning team and faculty participants, and every year this program improves upon the last.  Our main feedback from 2021 was to have more in-person engagement, which was affected by pandemic protocols. Being back in-person will address this; we are also planning to have more icebreaker-type of activities.

The Energy@Stanford & SLAC program has really grown to be the flagship energy event for incoming Stanford graduate students over the last few years. The program enrolls close to 5% of the incoming graduate class. We continually get anecdotal evidence from students on how it positively shaped their overall experience at Stanford and influenced their academic direction. In 2021, 133 incoming and returning graduate students participated in Energy@Stanford & SLAC, representing 19 academic departments across campus. Despite the virtual format, these numbers are comparable to when we were in-person in 2019, in which 127 students attended representing 21 departments. 

The Precourt Institute for Energy, the Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Sciences, and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory will again collaborate together and with other energy groups on campus to offer this four-and-a-half-day course. The program will continue to be designed specifically to build an interdisciplinary cohort and help incoming Stanford graduates and professional school students with an interest in energy jumpstart their first academic year here at Stanford. We will do this by providing:

  • A wide range of energy talks (related to technology, policy, finance, etc.).

  • Big picture talks on climate change and the energy landscape.

  • A wide variety of in-depth elective classes for them to choose from. 

  • An opportunity to learn hands-on, collaborate with peers from across disciplines, and compete through the En-ROADS group activity.

  • Ample time to network with each other, Stanford faculty/fellows/researchers, current students, alumni, and energy entrepreneurs through meals and programmed dinners, breaks throughout the day, panel discussions and elective interactive small group breakouts.

  • A docent led tour of Stanford’s Central Energy Facility.

  • An optional half-day tour of SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

  • Resources and networks available on campus, and ways to stay involved in the energy community after the course, including the new Explore Energy program.

Past participants who took this course said the following about their experience:

This program is a phenomenal overview of the breadth of research at Stanford. It is approachable to individuals new to energy and those deeply invested in it. - SGSI 2021 Participant

It is a great opportunity to get a deep sense of the research on energy developed at Stanford and also a great opportunity to meet people from multiple backgrounds and fields, which will certainly make your Stanford experience better. - SGSI 2021 Participant

It's a good chance to meet people outside your field and acclimate to campus, as well as learn about opportunities and get an overview of the field of energy. - SGSI 2021 Participant

Guest Speakers

The Energy@Stanford & SLAC course will feature a diverse line-up of Stanford faculty undertaking exciting research in the field of energy. One goal is to showcase the breadth and depth of energy expertise at Stanford University and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, while providing students a broad perspective on the topic of energy. We will have about 20 speakers over the course of three-and-a-half days.

For additional information about Energy@, including a student testimonial video, past agendas, and past participant lists, please visit the Energy@Stanford & SLAC conference website. Additional information will be added periodically.

Additional Course Expectations

  • Students may be asked to complete at most two (2) hours of pre-reading in advance of the conference week.
  • Full attendance is expected. This course is able to accommodate students observing a religious holiday during SGSI. Please email for details.

SUNet ID required to log in; all SGSI correspondence sent to your Stanford email account.

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Course or Workshop
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New Students
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