The Institute for Astronomy (IfA) at the University of Hawai`i, Manoa expects to offer 4-5 research internships for the summer of 2020. These internships are funded through the National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program. The IfA 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 research projects in astrophysics. Each REU student will be mentored by a member of the IfA faculty and will work on a new or specific aspect of an ongoing research program. Astronomers at the IfA conduct research in a wide range of astrophysical disciplines. There are also programs in technology involved in the development of new telescopes, new instruments, and adaptive optics. The IfA research web site presents a comprehensive list of these research projects.
In addition to carrying out their research at one of the IfA locations on the islands of Oahu, Maui, or Hawai`i, REU students may also participate in observing runs on one of the telescopes at the Maunakea (Hawai`i) or Haleakala (Maui) observatories. There are also daily journal clubs, weekly seminars and colloquia given by the faculty and visiting scientists, weekly luncheons with graduate students, education and public outreach activities, as well as several social events and excursions in which REU students can participate.
The positions are for 10 weeks starting on May 25 and ending on July 31, 2020. The housing is provided and the cost of traveling to and from Hawai`i is covered. Students will also receive a weekly stipend of $450 to cover meals, incidentals, and other costs. Financial support is available for REU students to present the results of their research at a professional meeting such as the annual meetings of the American Astronomical Society, Division of Planetary Science, American Geophysical Union, and other related national and international conferences.