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MSU Physics Department Solar Physics/Astronomy & Space Physics REU

Primary Institution: Montana State University
Affiliation: Department of Physics
City: Bozeman
State: MT
Job Duration: 10 weeks
Class Requirement: Completed Sophomore Year
Minimum GPA: 3.5
Position Type: Research
Discipline(s): Astronomy; Astrophysics; Gravitation
Fluid Dynamics and Gases
Plasmas and Beam Physics
Other Engineering
Solar & Space Physics
Description: Objectives

    * Provide high-quality state-of-the-art research experience.
    * Develop independence, creativity, and interest in physics and astronomy graduate study.
    * Demonstrate how academic knowledge acquired in classes relates to real-world research problems.
    * Develop and strengthen practical research skills.
    * Encourage participation by women and minorities in research.


Most projects involve analysis of data from space missions such as Yohkoh, SOHO, TRACE, RHESSI and Hinode and ground-based observatories. Experience has shown that data analysis projects are suitable for most undergraduates at the sophomore or junior level.  Additionally, each year there are a few opportunities in the solar-stellar connection (dynamo theory, data analysis), solar magneto-hydrodynamics, and space hardware development.


The summer months in Montana offer outstanding opportunities for outdoor recreation and other activities associated with the university and the community. Surrounded by spectacular mountains and rivers, Bozeman is within easy driving distance of Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks.


Our program gives participants an opportunity to develop skills for contemporary research under the guidance of internationally known physicists. These REU experiences help students make informed decisions about graduate school and careers in academia or research.

Training and Education

The first week of our program includes training in the unix/linux/Solaris computing environment and IDL as tools for numerical modeling and data analysis.  Lectures by MSU faculty and visiting professors cover a variety of subjects related to the research program. Participants are offered an opportunity to give public talks and lead star parties during two weekends in Yellowstone National Park. The last week of our program includes participant presentations of research results. The most successful projects lead to presentations at conferences and publications in journals. For a more detailed look at the program, see the calendars for 2007 and 2006 on our website.
Stipend: $4,200
Benefits: Housing
Meal Plan
Travel Reimbursement
Application Deadline: 02/18/2008
Job Website:

Research/Internship Opportunity Contact Information

Primary Contact: Prof. David McKenzie
Department of Physics
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717-3840
Phone: 406-994-7843
Fax: 406-994-4452
Secondary Contact: Prof. Jiong Qiu
Department of Physics
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717-3840
Phone: 406-994-7253
Fax: 406-994-4452
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