Pelican Nebula

Cornell University
Department of Astronomy

Summer 2018

Research Experiences for Undergraduates


Astronomy and Astrophysics

Quick facts

Eight undergraduate Research Assistantships in Observational Astronomy.

Undergraduate students who will graduate after January 2019 and who ae United States citizens or permanent residents are eligible.

Summer 2018 - 10 week program
Program dates are Monday June 4 to Friday August 10, 2018 (but participation might be adjusted for conflict with academic schedules).

To apply
Starting December 21, please submit your application using the link in the nav bar to the left.

The application website will ask you for a statement describing your background, educational goals, and your scientific interests. Include whatever further information you consider relevant. Be sure to include information about your computer experience.

You will also be asked to submit two letters of recommendation and transcripts as supporting materials.

  • Unofficial transcripts are accepted as long as they are generated by your college or university website. If you cannot obtain them, we must request official transcripts. Please upload them as pdfs via the application website.
  • If you are accepted, you will be required to send official transcripts covering all of your college work.
  • The application website will generate an e-mail requesting your letter-writers to upload their letters once you enter their information.

Uploading is preferred and is the most efficient means of processing your application materials. If necessary, however, you may send letters and transcripts (unofficial transcripts accepted as long as they are generated by your college or university website) in pdf format via email to:

reu at astro dot cornell dot edu.

You may also mail them to:

REU Astronomy Coordinator
Department of Astronomy
510 Space Sciences Building
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-6801

In order to prevent potential mix-ups, please avoid sending duplicate copies of recommendation letters and transcripts.

If your letter-writers will e-mail their letters directly to us, please ask them to send them as pdfs and to name the files:
Their Last Name_Your Last Name (their last name underscore your last name).

Complete applications and all supporting materials must be received at the above address no later than Tuesday, February 6, 2018.

Please note
The selection process begins immediately after the deadline is due. We cannot accept late applications or supporting materials.
Make sure any materials that are sent by mail have enough stamps. We are not responsible for postage due.

E-mail the program coordinator: reu at astro dot cornell dot edu

Program details

Students will work on individual research projects with Cornell faculty and research staff on a wide range of topics in planetary science, astronomical instrumentation, astrophysics, general relativity and cosmology. Students interested in computer science and engineering are also encouraged to apply.

In addition to conducting individual research projects, students will also participate in a series of activities including lectures, roundtables and workshops.

For each participant, a stipend of $5,000 will be provided for the ten week session, plus up to $1,500 for housing and meals. The program will also provide reasonable support for travel to a professional meeting to present scientific results.

View information on travel to Ithaca from the navigation bar on the left.

Students will be eligible to apply to on-campus housing facilities and dining plans.

Selections will be announced after March 1, 2018.

For other summer astronomy opportunities, visit the Summer Employment Opportunities page of the American Astronomical Society; NASA's One Stop Shopping Initiative; the Institute for Broadening Participation's Pathways to Science; the National Science Foundation's Astronomy REU page.
The REU program is funded by the National Science Foundation.
Cornell University is an equal opportunity employer.
Last updated: December 2017.

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