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National Center for Atmopsheric Research

Primary Institution: University Center for Atmosperhic Research
Affiliation: University Center for Atmosperhic Research
City: Boulder
State: CO
Class Requirement: Completed Freshman Year
Position Type: Research
Discipline(s): Astronomy; Astrophysics; Gravitation
Description: High Altitude Observatory
2006 Summer Undergraduate Student Visitor Appointments


The High Altitude Observatory (HAO) of the National Center for Atmospheric Research
(NCAR) has available summer appointments for college undergraduate students who are enrolled in an undergraduate degree program.  The aim of the program is to foster interest in solar physics, solar-terrestrial physics, and related astrophysics among qualified students contemplating graduate studies.  Successful participants in the undergraduate program who elect to pursue Ph.D. studies in these areas would enjoy a competitive advantage in applying for an HAO-funded graduate assistantship.  A strong background in basic physics, and experience in electromagnetic theory, classical mechanics, and quantum physics is highly desirable.  All appointments will be made on the basis of demonstrated academic ability and scientific research potential.


HAO is located in Boulder, Colorado, at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. At HAO, theoretical, experimental, observational, and interpretive research is conducted in solar physics, solar-terrestrial physics, and related astrophysics. The study of the earth's upper atmosphere, planetary, stellar, and other astrophysical systems related to those of the sun are also encouraged. Radiative transfer, hydrodynamics, magnetohydrodynamics, radiation hydrodynamics, and plasma physics are pursued for both their fundamental physical interests and their applications in the above areas of research.

Other divisions of NCAR conduct research into cloud physics, the development of convective storms, atmospheric chemistry, air-sea interactions, numerical modeling of global weather patterns, the earth's climate, and numerous other atmospheric phenomena. In addition, within close proximity to HAO are a variety of scientific institutions, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics and the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado. Thus, students awarded an appointment will be in a position to acquaint themselves with active research in a broad range of disciplines.


Students selected for the program will have an opportunity to experience the challenges and rewards of modern scientific research while engaged in carefully tailored studies under the supervision of staff members. Since only one student will be working on a given project, each can expect to receive the full benefit of individual attention.


The term of appointment for summer undergraduates is three months including the months of June, July, and August. A degree of flexibility is possible on dates of arrival and departure. Students will receive monthly support of $1,800, which is expected to cover travel expenses to and from HAO and living expenses in Boulder. Also, certain employee benefits are available in accordance with NCAR policy, and NCAR will provide assistance in locating Boulder accommodations.

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Stipend: $1,800 / month
Application Deadline: 01/05/2006
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Research/Internship Opportunity Contact Information

Primary Contact: Elizabeth Chapin
High Altitude Observatory Visitor Committee - National Center for Atmospheric Research
P.O. Box 3000
Boulder, CO 80307-3000
Phone: 303-497-1598
Fax: 303-497-1589
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