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Cornell University
Department of Astronomy

Summer 2019

Research Experiences for Undergraduates


Astronomy and Astrophysics

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Quick facts

Eight undergraduate Research Assistantships in Observational Astronomy.

United States citizens or permanent residents who have completed 1 to 3 years of undergraduate academic training by June 2019 are eligible.
Please note that by regulation we cannot accept applications from students who are not U.S. Citizens or permanent residents.

Summer 2019 - 10 week program Program dates are Monday, June 3, 2019 to Friday, August 9, 2019. Though we prefer that students begin and end on those dates, but please indicate if you need to accommodation due to your academic calendar.

To apply
Starting December 18, please submit your application.

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.
Maximum file size is 5MB! Please remember to check your file size and if necessary reduce it before uploading.

  • 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 Monday, February 4, 2019.

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.

Research topics this year include;

  1. Solar System Exploration: Active Missions
  2. Solar System Exploration: Mission Formulation
  3. Exoplanets
  4. Carl Sagan Institute / Search For Life
  5. Instrumentation
  6. Cosmology
  7. Gravitational Waves
  8. Galaxy Surveys
  9. Radio Astronomy (e.g., Pulsar Observations)
  10. Star Formation

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

For each participant, a stipend of $5,000.00 will be provided for the ten week session, plus up to $1,500.00 for housing and meals. The program will also provide up to $ for travel to an Astronomy meeting to present scientific results.

Click here for information on travel to Ithaca. Housing options for participants are discussed in our Cornell Campus section.

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

First selections will be announced after February 28, 2019.

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 2018.