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SGSI 2021: Energy@Stanford & SLAC: Energy Research for the 21st Century

*Course is closed and no longer accepting applications.

Tuesday, Sept. 7 – Thursday, Sept. 9, 9 AM - 2 PM; Friday, Sept. 10, 9 AM - 12 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 three-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 130.


By participating fully in this course, you will:

  • Learn about the breadth and depth of energy research from over 20 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, interactive elective discussions with Stanford faculty and researchers of your choice
  • Compete in the interactive group team challenge En-ROADS


The Energy@Stanford & SLAC conference will be a three-and-a-half days course held Sept. 7 to Sept. 10.

Energy@ is a collaboration among The Precourt Institute for Energy, the Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Sciences, the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, and other campus energy groups. We offer a program designed to build an interdisciplinary cohort and to help incoming Stanford graduate and professional students jumpstart their first academic year through:

Big Picture Talks: Stanford faculty will give 2-3 big picture talks throughout the week.

15-min. Faculty Briefings: Stanford faculty will give 15-min. briefings on their current energy research throughout the week.

Panel Discussions: We will hold 2-3 panel discussions featuring current students, alumni working in energy, and distinguished guests.

Elective Classes: We will hold two sessions containing up to five elective classes each. Within each session, classes will be held simultaneously, spanning roughly one hour, and including 18-25 students each. This offers a chance for small interdisciplinary groups of students to engage one another while participating in interactive discussion with the faculty/researcher on a topic of their choice. Recordings of these sessions will be available to all students enrolled in the course to watch later. */

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

Terrific introduction to the most relevant and innovative research topics, range of research opportunities, coursework and electives related to Energy at Stanford. You should sign up if you're remotely interested in sustainability! -SGSI 2020 Participant

It was a refreshing insight into the extent of interdisciplinary expertise one requires to tackle the most pertinent issue of our age and time. -SGSI 2019 Participant

Incredible speakers...provides quick snapshots in everything that is going on the industry. Super inspirational. If expectations were high, reality was even higher. -SGSI 2019 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 approximately one (1) hour of pre-reading in advance of the conference week.
  • During SGSI, no work is required outside of class. Students will have the option to take time outside of class to work in small groups to complete the group activity assignment if they wish.
  • Full attendance is expected. This course is able to accommodate students observing a religious holiday during SGSI. Please email for details.

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


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