Pelican Nebula

Cornell University

Department of Astronomy

Summer 2017

Research Experiences for Undergraduates


Astronomy and Astrophysics

Located in the heart of New York state's Finger Lakes region, at the southern tip of Cayuga lake, Ithaca is a great place to spend the summer. This fun, culturally exciting city is home to Cornell University, Ithaca College and a vibrant local community. It has many of the advantages of a small town and many of the resources you would find in a bigger city. You can get a sense of what it's like at Visit Ithaca and at the Cornell and Ithaca College websites.

In addition to our own REU activities, there are a lot places to go on and near campus, including gyms, plenty of open spaces (great for ultimate frisbee), excellent dining, the Botanic Garden, and the world famous Cornell Lab of Ornithology. On campus, If you're in the mood, there's always a variety of lectures and exhibits to choose from.

Off-campus there are a lot of activities in town during the summer, and the area is a great place to be if you enjoy the outdoors. There's Cayuga Lake if you're into sailing or just to take a walk, the famous Ithaca gorges and a lot of other hiking areas or the farmer's market if you're into local food. The Ithaca Times lists all kinds of activities in town, but among the more unique are the summer theater, and the local non-profit independent movie theater.

With plenty of restaurants, music events, arts theaters, movies, museums and galleries, festivals in town and in Trumansburg plus all of Cornell's and Ithaca College's events, there's a lot to do. Usually the problem is not enough time!

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.