Hooked on Photonics (HoP) is a 10-week summer research program for undergraduate students studying chemistry, physics, materials science, engineering, or optics. Research sites are located at three universities:

In contrast to electronics, which deals with the transfer and storage of information using electricity, photonics involves the use of light to control, transmit and manipulate information.

Advances in the science of photonics have the potential to vastly increase available bandwidth, allowing for ultra-fast communications over a new optically based network. HoP researchers are working on the leading edge of these new technologies: light emitting diodes, photovoltaic cells, nano-fabrication, transistors, and optical switching devices.