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AURA Inc./National Solar Observatory REU

Primary Institution: AURA Inc./National Solar Observatory
City: Sunspot and Tucson
States: AZ, NM, AZ, NM
Job Duration: Summer Seasonal
Class Requirement: Completed Freshman Year
Citizenship Requirement: U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Legal Resident
Position Type: Research
Discipline(s): Astronomy; Astrophysics; Gravitation
Description: The National Solar Observatory (NSO) expects to host a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the summer of 2012. The NSO is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. under cooperative agreement with the NSF. The Observatory has two sites - one at Tucson, AZ and the other at Sunspot, NM - with facilities and on-going research programs in solar physics, solar-terrestrial physics, solar-stellar physics and instrumentation. Each summer interns will work on a specific research project in close collaboration with a scientific staff mentor at one of the two NSO sites. Research programs will emphasize data reduction and analysis, computer programming, instrumentation, or theoretical modeling. In addition to research experiences, summer activities will include a number of social events and excursions, and interactions with other NSO and Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO) summer students and visitors. Participants will present their research results at a seminar near the end of the summer, and submit a written report, which will be presented to the NSF.

Who Is Eligible?

Students who have completed at least their freshman year in college by Spring 2012 and who will be registered as an undergraduate in the Fall of 2012 are invited to apply (note: graduating seniors and more advanced students are not eligible, but are invited to apply to the SRA Program). Applicants also must be U.S. citizens (or permanent residents) in good academic standing and are expected to have adequate preparation in basic science and math courses. Applicants need not be majoring in Astronomy, although a demonstrated interest is essential. The positions are normally full-time for 10 to 12 weeks between May and September. Each participant will receive a stipend and a travel allowance, the details of which will be covered in letters of appointment.
Stipend: $700/week
Benefits: Travel Reimbursement
Application Deadline: 01/30/2012
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Research/Internship Opportunity Contact Information

Primary Contact: Jackie Diehl
P.O. Box 62
Sunspot, NM 88349
Phone: 575-434-7003
Fax: 575-434-7029
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