University of Hawaii Instutute for Astronomy

2017 REU Program  


- 2017 Application





Research Experiences for Undergraduates

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.

Astronomers at 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 one of the IfA locations on O’ahu, Maui, or Hawai`i, REU students may 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 appointment.

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.  However, It has come to our attention that the NSF mistakenly left us off the list of REU being offered this year, so we will allow receipt of applications and recommendations until February 7 just to give a little more time for students who may have missed the advertisement.  The letters of recommendation should be emailed to   (pdf files on university or business letterhead are preferred).  Offers of appointment usually begin on March 1, by agreement with the other Astronomy REU programs.