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

The 2020 REU application will open on 1 December, 2019

The Institute for Astronomy (IfA) of the University of Hawai`i (UH) at Manoa expects to offer 10 research assistant positions for the summer of 2019. 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. There are also programs in technology involved in the development of new telescopes, new instruments, and adaptive optics.

In addition to carrying out their research at one of the IfA locations on Oahu, Maui, or Hawai`i, REU students may also participate in an observing run on one of the telescopes at the Maunakea (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 weekly stipend of approximately $450 will be paid to each student. Support to cover travel to and from Hawai`i is also provided. Financial support is available for REU students to present their summer research at a professional meeting such as the American Astronomical Society, Annual meeting of the Division of Planetary Science, American Geophysical Union, and related international conferences.

2018 REU Students

The 2020 REU application will open on 1 December, 2019

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