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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
Job Duration: 8 weeks
Class Requirement: Completed Freshman Year
Position Type: Research
Discipline(s): Astronomy; Astrophysics; Gravitation
Solar Physics
Description: High Altitude Observatory
2008 Summer Undergraduate Student Visitor Appointments


The HAO division consists of four primary research areas; Atmosphere, Ionosphere and Magnetosphere (AIM), Lower Solar Atmosphere (LSA), Corona and Helioshpere (C&H), and Solar Interior and Variability (SIV).

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.

We are excited to offer our Summer Undergraduates the expanded scientific and social opportunities enabled by our partnership with the University of Colorado Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. This program includes the participation of space physics institutes throughout the Boulder area. Please see the REU web page for further details. Note that the HAO Summer Undergraduate program is open to international participants.

In general the terms of appointment and compensation for summer undergraduates is as stated in the LASP REU program. Also, certain employee benefits are available in accordance with NCAR policy.

How To Apply (Deadline: January 7, 2008)
Fill out the on-line application.

NOTE: Applications to the HAO Summer Undergraduate program will automatically be entered into the Boulder-wide REU undergraduate competition.

Further details may be obtained by writing to the above address, sending e-mail to Elizabeth Chapin, or faxing Dr. Hanli Liu at (303) 497-1589.
Stipend: $400/week
Benefits: Housing
Meal Plan
Travel Reimbursement
Bus Pass
Application Deadline: 01/05/2008
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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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