Experiences for Undergraduates
Great news!!! The NSF has
awarded us funds to run our summer student program again.
The Institute for Astronomy (IfA) of the
University of Hawaii (UH) at Manoa expects to offer 10 research assistant
positions for the summer of 2017. These positions are funded through the National Science Foundation Research Experiences
for Undergraduates (REU) Program. This REU program will provide
undergraduates who are considering a career in science with the opportunity
to engage in research with professional astronomers working on cutting-edge
problems in astrophysics. The REU students will be full-time research
assistants to a faculty mentor at the Institute and will work on specific
aspects of an ongoing research program.
the IfA conduct research in a wide range of
astrophysical disciplines, including solar physics, planetary astronomy,
astrobiology, stars, the interstellar medium and star formation, the
formation and evolution of galaxies, and cosmology. There are also programs
in technology involved in the development of new telescopes, new
instruments, and adaptive optics. Further details are available at the IfA
research page. In addition to carrying out their research at the IfA on Oahu, REU students will also participate in an
observing run on one of the telescopes at the Mauna Kea (Big
Island) or Haleakala
(Maui) observatories. There is also a weekly seminar series given by the
faculty, a weekly luncheon with the graduate students, and several social
events and excursions. The positions are full-time for 10 weeks between
late May and early August. A stipend of $450 per week and support to cover
travel to and from Hawai`i are provided. Housing will be provided in
dormitories on the UH campus.
Financial support is available for REU students to present their summer
research at a meeting of the American
Astronomical Society, generally at the winter meeting following their
The application for 2017 will be available online starting January 1, 2017. The usual deadline for receipt of the
online application form and at least two letters of recommendation is February
1. Offers of appointment usually begin on March 1, by agreement with the other Astronomy REU programs.