Cornell University Department of Astronomy
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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.
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
transcripts as supporting materials.
Maximum file size is 5MB! Please remember to check your file size and if necessary reduce it before uploading.
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
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.
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
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;
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.
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.