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Kitt Peak National Observatory, REU

Primary Institution: National Optical Astronomy Observatory
Affiliation: National Optical Astronomy Observatory
City: Tucson
State: AZ
Job Duration: 10-12 weeks, June to August
Class Requirement: Completed Freshman Year
Position Type: Research
Discipline(s): Astronomy; Astrophysics; Gravitation
Description: The  2005 REU Program at the  Kitt Peak National Observatory

Each summer a group of talented college students come to Tucson to participate in astronomical research at the Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO) under the sponsorship of the National Science Foundation  Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program. The KPNO REU program provides an exceptional opportunity for undergraduates considering a career in science to engage in substantive research activities with scientists working in the forefront of contemporary astrophysics.  

Each REU student is hired as a full-time research assistant to work with one or more KPNO staff members on specific aspects of major on-going research projects at NOAO. As part of their research activities,  these undergraduates gain observational experience with KPNO telescopes, and they develop expertise in astronomical data reduction and analysis.  They also take part in a weekly lecture series
and a field trip to New Mexico to visit Sacramento Peak
Observatory and the Very Large Array.  At the end of the summer, the students share their results with the Tucson
astronomical community by giving oral presentations.

As part of their internship experience, all six of our 2004 REU participants will be presenting posters about their astronomical research projects at the January 2005 American Astronomical Societymeeting in San Diego.

We anticipate being able to support six REU positions during the summer of 2005. As required by the NSF, student participants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States. The KPNO REU positions are full-time for 10 to 12 weeks between June and September, with a preferred starting date of early June.  The salary is $455 per week and additional funds are provided to cover travel to and from Tucson at the beginning and end of the summer. Further information about the KPNO REU 2005 program, including the online application form, can be found at  Completed applications (including official transcripts, and two or three letters of recommendation) must be submitted to KPNO no later than January 21, 2005.
Stipend: $470 per week
Benefits: Travel Reimbursement
Application Deadline: 01/25/2006
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Research/Internship Opportunity Contact Information

Primary Contact: REU Program
Kitt Peak National Observatory
950 North Cherry Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85719
Phone: 520-318-8230
Fax: 520-318-8451
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