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REU program for Engineering and Astronomy at McDonald Observatory

Primary Institution: McDonald Observatory
Affiliation: University of Texas
City: Fort Davis
State: TX
Job Duration: 10 weeks
Class Requirement: Completed Freshman Year
Position Type: Research
Discipline(s): Astronomy; Astrophysics; Gravitation
Electrical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Other Engineering
Description: A Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) site will be established at the University of Texas at Austin - McDonald Observatory in the Davis Mountains of far west Texas. Under the direction of Dr. Matthew Shetrone, the objective of the McDonald REU program will be to encourage student interest in observatory support, astronomical research and engineering. For ten weeks each summer, six students will be mentored by a senior astronomer or engineer (mechanical, optical or electrical). The cutting-edge research projects will use the McDonald Observatory's professional facilities, including the 9.2-m Hobby-Eberly Telescope, an innovative instrument and the third largest telescope in the world. Each REU participant will receive daily direction from their on-site mentor and be integrated into the Observatory support and research team. Each student will also be given an opportunity to participate in public education programs at the recently-dedicated McDonald Observatory Visitors' Center. At mid-summer, students will participate in an organized field trip to other nearby observatories in New Mexico. Throughout the summer, weekly seminars by visiting astronomers will give students exposure to a broad range of modern astrophysical research.
Stipend: Students are paid $220/week with housing and all meals included.
Benefits: Housing
Meal Plan
Travel Reimbursement
Application Deadline: 02/10/2008
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Research/Internship Opportunity Contact Information

Primary Contact: Matthew Shetrone
PO Box 1337-McD
Fort Davis, TX 79734
Phone: 432-426-3664
Fax: 432 426-3641
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