I. SRC and Student Researchers
Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) is the premier industry consortium investing in precompetitive university research that addresses longer term semiconductor industry needs. Industry members gain early access to research results and relevantly educated technical talent; university faculty better understand industry needs; students participate in needs-driven research and have meaningful contact with industry experts, and government agencies leverage and ensure relevance of their investments in semiconductor research.
SRC's approach to these challenges is synergistic. Industry provides the research direction and guidance, while renowned researchers and top-notch graduate students from around the world collaborate with industry stakeholders to implement the programs managed under the SRC umbrella. Currently, SRC oversees the following research programs, GRC, STARnet, NRI and ERI. Many students participate in more than one research program thereby creating synergy among the programs. The contributions of students to research across all the entities are significant, as is their impact on the workforce of sponsoring organizations and the industry as a whole. The SRC Education Alliance is a private foundation with the mission to attract and educate students of science and engineering and promote their transition into careers as innovators and technology leaders.
SRC research supports over 1,500 advanced degree students each year on contracts guided by the research program memberships. These students are outstanding academically and have demonstrated research capability in disciplines critical to the semiconductor industry. The contributions of students to the various SRC research programs are significant as evidenced by their participation in national conferences, invention disclosures, technical awards, and publications. An SRC student is defined as a regularly enrolled Masters or Ph.D. student who has been and is currently, or is planning to be, working on a research task that is funded under an SRC contract for at least one full academic term. Students may be fully or partially funded by a contract or leveraged, but must be working directly on a task funded by the contract. The term "student," when used on this website, also includes postdoctoral researchers working on the research.