Spend your summer in the mountains of West Texas!
Astronomy and Physics undergrads ... looking for a unique summer experience?
The Frank N. Bash Visitors Center at the McDonald Observatory, Fort Davis,
Texas will be offering one summer student position to work at the
University's remote campus in the heart of the mountains of West Texas.
From June through August, the Visitors Center hosts nearly 20,000 visitors
for an extensive array of public and educational outreach programs
Guided Tours of some of the largest research telescopes in the world
open to the public
Solar Viewings, presenting live views of the Sun in our multimedia
Star Parties, where many visitors get their first views of a truly
dark nighttime sky
Scout Nights, presenting demonstrations promoting dark-sky &
light-pollution awareness in addition to evening observing
As a summer student, the successful applicant will not only participate in
these programs but also learn how to present them, as well. Presenting
these programs is an excellent opportunity to develop public speaking skills
in addition to being an opportunity to share your knowledge of astronomy and
In addition to a competitive hourly wage, room and board will be provided in
the Astronomers Lodge (AL) where both researchers and technicians stay while
working at the Observatory. Dinnertime at the AL is an excellent
opportunity to make contacts with researchers, graduate students, and
professors from UT as well as other universities and observatories around
the world. Of course, you'll also enjoy some of the darkest night skies of
any major observatory in the US.
A successful applicant will have completed, at least, Ast 307 or its
equivalent. The successful candidate will have an outgoing personality, a
good speaking voice, as well as, preferably, some knowledge of amateur
telescopes and equipment. The candidate will also have a valid class “C”
(standard operator) driver’s license and provide a current three year
To apply, send a resume and/or letter of interest to the Visitors Center's
Senior Program Coordinator, Frank Cianciolo, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions, etc., use the same address or call 432-426-4152.
The summer student intern position is made possible by the John W. Cox
Endowment for the Advanced Studies in Astronomy.
UC Berkeley Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) 2011
The University of California, Berkeley is pleased to announce its 2011
Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP), offering students
opportunities for faculty-mentored research in the fields of Astronomy,
Astrophysics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth & Planetary Science,
Geology, Geophysics, Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics. The
eight-week program will be held on the UC Berkeley campus from June 5
through July 30, 2011. Application deadline: February 1, 2011. You may
access the 2011 program description and application online above.
Cornell 2011 Astronomy REU program (flyer~pdf)
The Department of Astronomy of Cornell University is pleased to announce
that pending funding from the National Research Foundation, it will
conduct its 2011 summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
program. The web page above contains more information and a link to
the application form:
CTIO REU Program 2010/2011
The Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO), a division of the
National Optical Astronomy Observatories (NOAO), located in La Serena,
Chile, offers 10 week Undergraduate Research Assistantships to qualified
undergraduates as part of the National Science Foundation funded
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program. The program is
run during the Chilean summer, January through March, both to offer
students an alternative to the more common northern summer programs, and
to encourage interaction with Chilean students visiting and working at
CTIO throughout these months. The application deadline for the 2011
program is October 22, 2010.
REU in Montana/Summer 2011
Our program gives participants an opportunity to develop skills for
contemporary research under the guidance of internationally known
physicists. These REU experiences help students make informed decisions
about graduate school and careers in academia or research. Accepting
applications in December.
Kitt Peak National Observatory REU Summer 2011
The KPNO REU program provides an exceptional opportunity for
undergraduates considering a career in science to engage in substantive
research activities with NOAO scientists working in the forefront of
contemporary astrophysics. The application deadline is January 28, 2011
2011 REU Summer Program at the Arecibo Observatory
REU for undergraduates and positions for 1st & 2nd year graduate
students. Areas of research include radio and radar astronomy, and
space and atmospheric sciences. Students interested in electronic
instrumentation or computer sciences also encouraged to apply. 2011 REU flyer (pdf)
International Astronomical Youth Camps (IAYC)
SAMSI Undergraduate Modeling Workshop
N.C. State University
Student Writer Position with UT-Austin McDonald Observatory
Summer position involves writing for non-technical audience on astronomers and astronomical research,
under the supervision of McDonald Observatory's Press Officer.
This opportunity is great for those of you with no research experience.
The program includes workshops to help you develop those skills. 10
week summer physics research program at Brigham Young University, many
areas of research are available, including astronomy and theory.
Undergraduate Research Internships in Astronomy - through the
Southeastern Association for Research in Astronomy. Eight- to 10-week
appointments may begin as early as mid-May or extend as late as early
August, depending on the participant's academic calendar and particular
SARA host site.
This undergraduate research program is aimed at highly motivated
students in the physical sciences who wish to enagage in an intensive
10-week project with a UCLA faculty member, working in Physics or
Astronomy and who are in their third or fourth year in college but have
not yet graduated by the summer.
Cornell University REU
Cornell University is pleased to announce its Research Experiences for
Undergraduates (REU) program in Observational Astronomy. The web page above contains more information and a link to
the application form.
NASA - Houston - Planetary Sciences
NASA - the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) invites undergraduates
with at least 50 semester hours of credit to experience research in the
planetary sciences. As a summer intern, you will work one-on-one with a
scientist either at the LPI or NASA Johnson Space Center. 10 week program.
$5,000 stipend and $1,000 travel expenses for US or $1,500 for foreign
Research in Industrial Projects for Students (RIPS)
Exceptional undergraduate students of mathematics,
engineering, computer science, and physical and life science
disciplines are sought, to apply to this unique summer research program. Past RIPS
project sponsors included Arete, Symantec, Amgen, Pixar, JPL,
Lawrence-Livermore and Los Alamos National Labs, and others. 36
students will be in-residence at UCLA for nine weeks.
SETI Institute REU Program
The SETI Institute is pleased to announce a REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) program in
Astrobiology. Undergraduate students in fields such as astronomy,
biology, geology, chemistry, and physics are invited to apply to spend
10 weeks in the San Francisco Bay area working on a scientific research
project in the field of astrobiology. Students receive a stipend,
travel, and living expenses. Cynthia
Phillips, email@example.com, 650-810-0230.
The Summer Science Program
[Attended and recommended by former UT Astronomy student Agnes Kim]
Teaching Assistants act as tutors and mentors, and assist students in using astronomical equipment and personal computers,
under the direction of two senior faculty. They also organize recreational and social activities, and deliver one or more lectures
on topics of their own choosing. Applicants should be graduate students, graduating seniors, or rising college seniors, majoring
in physical science or engineering. SSP alumni are especially encouraged to apply.
Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)
Sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
These REU programs only accept students who are citizens
or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions.
Students must contact the individual REU sites for information
and application materials.
Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) summer program
This program takes both US and international students.
STScI manages the science mission of Hubble and of the
next generation James Webb Space Telescope for NASA and
provides a very dynamic science setting.
ASTRON/JIVE International Summer Students Programme
In the Netherlands.
The Programme enables astronomy students (graduate or advanced
undergraduate) to spend the summer (10 to 12 weeks) at the Dwingeloo
Observatory, conducting astronomical research under the supervision of
ASTRON and JIVE staff members.
REU at the Synchrotron Radiation Center (SRC)
Synchrotron Radiation Center (SRC) REU In Madison, WI. May 31 - August
6, 2011. Gain valuable hands-on research experience at a world-class,
scientiﬁc laboratory and light source that will help you with your
decision of whether to pursue a career in science research. Applications
are due February 15, 2011.