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REU Summer Internships in Astronomy at the Maria Mitchell Observatory

Primary Institution: Maria Mitchell Observatory
Affiliation: Maria Mitchell Association
City: Nantucket
State: MA
Job Duration: 10-12 weeks (late May through August)
Class Requirement: Completed Freshman Year
Citizenship Requirement: U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Legal Resident
Minimum GPA: none
Position Type: Research
Discipline(s): Astronomy; Astrophysics; Gravitation
Description: For more than 50 years, the Maria Mitchell Observatory (MMO) has offered summer research opportunities in astronomy and astrophysics on the picturesque island of Nantucket.  Many of our interns have gone on to successful careers as astronomers at leading universities, observatories and other organizations around the world.  In 2008, the Maria Mitchell Association received the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring for its success mentoring student research in astronomy.

In 2013, six summer internship positions will be available for qualified undergraduate astronomy and physics students through the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program, which is supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation.  

Student interns at the MMO work on individualized research projects under the guidance of an experienced astronomer. Current areas of research include formation of stars and galaxies; groups and clusters of galaxies; stellar populations; stars clusters; astrophysical masers and lasers; cosmology and the early universe; history and culture of astronomy. Data for projects are obtained from Hubble Space Telescope, leading ground-based optical, infrared and radio telescopes, and next generation surveys such as the Sloan Digital Sky Survey.  Students also develop their hands-on observational skills with the MMO's 24" and 17" research telescopes equipped with modern CCD cameras.

Affiliated faculty for the summer 2013 REU program are:
  • Dr. Margaret Geller (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics)
  • Dr. Marla Geha (Yale University)
  • Dr. Michael Gregg (University of California, Davis)
  • Dr. Peter Stetson (Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics)
  • Dr. Marianne Takamiya (University of Hawaii, Hilo)
Stipend: $1,700 per month
Benefits: Housing
Travel Reimbursement
Application Deadline: 02/15/2013
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Research/Internship Opportunity Contact Information

Primary Contact: Dr. Michael West
Maria Mitchell Observatory
4 Vestal Street
Nantucket, MA 02554
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