May 24 – July 30 2021

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

We hope to host the 2021 REU interns in person in Hawaii. The program will be run remotely if the pandemic precludes travel.

The Institute for Astronomy (IfA) at the University of Hawai`i, Manoa expects to offer research internships for the summer of 2021. The internships are funded through the National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program or grants to individual faculty members. 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 one of the IfA locations on the islands of Oahu, Maui, or Hawai`i, REU students may participate in observing runs on one of the telescopes at the Maunakea (Hawai`i) or Haleakala (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 NSF REU positions are for 10 weeks starting on May 24 and ending on July 30, 2021. Students will receive a weekly stipend of $600 to cover meals, incidentals, and other costs. The cost of traveling to and from Hawai`i, accommodation, and two meals per day, are provided for off-island 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, or other related national conferences. REU positions funded by grants to individual faculty members may have different dates, conditions, and/or salary arrangements.

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