Undergraduate research opportunities on cutting edge projects in astrophysics with world renowned professional astronomers.

REU participants must be U.S. citizens or green card holders and be undergrad students during their participation in the program.

The Institute for Astronomy (IfA) at the University of Hawai`i, Mānoa expects is offering research internships for the summer of 2024.  Internships are funded through NASA and NSF grants to individual faculty members and the NSF REU program. The IfA REU program will provide undergraduates who are considering a career in science with the opportunity to work with astronomers at the IfA who conduct cutting-edge research in a wide range of astrophysical disciplines and in the development of new telescopes, instruments, and adaptive optics. The IfA research web site presents a comprehensive list of these projects.

In addition to carrying out their research at the IfA headquarters in Mānoa on the island of Oahu, REU students may participate in observing runs on one of the telescopes at the Maunakea (Hawai`i) or Haleakalā (Maui) observatories. There are daily journal clubs, weekly seminars, and colloquia, given by faculty and visiting scientists, luncheons with graduate students, education and public outreach activities, and several social events and excursions in which REU students can participate. The final week of the program will be in Hilo, on the island of Hawaiʻi, with an excursion to Maunakea, outreach programs, and cultural education and Pollynesian voyaging training from the ʻImiloa Astronomy Center.

The REU positions are for 10 weeks starting on June 3 and ending on August 9, 2024. Students will receive a weekly stipend of $700 to cover meals, incidentals, and other costs. The cost of travel to and from Hawai`i, accommodation, and two meals per day, are provided for all students. Financial support is available for REU students to present their research at a professional conference such as the annual meetings of the American Astronomical SocietyDivision of Planetary ScienceAmerican Geophysical Union, The Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in ScienceJoint Annual Conference of the National Society of Black Physicists, AAAS Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference or other related national conferences. 

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