Five-College Astronomy Undergraduate Internship Program


The Five College Astronomy Department will likely offer several undergraduate summer research internships with department faculty, pending on the availability of the funding. The internships will last for ten weeks (starting May 23, 2016), and will provide a total stipend of about $4500. The summer program will include activities with other astronomy summer students and research talks by local astronomers. You need to find your own housing; the program does not have the resources to deal with such an issue.

The Five College Astronomy Department conducts research in a wide variety of areas, including the astrophysics of stars, the interstellar medium, and galaxies. There are opportunities to work with radio, infrared, optical, ultraviolet, and X-ray data and instruments, and to carry out computer modeling, instrument development, and data analysis. More information is available online.

Eligibility: You must be enrolled at one of the Five Colleges (Amherst, Hampshire, Mt. Holyoke, Smith, or UMass) and not scheduled to graduate before the end of the year. The internships are open to astronomy majors, and majors in math and sciences who are actively considering a career in astronomy. Juniors planning to write a senior research thesis in astronomy are especially encouraged to apply. Below is a pdf copy of the application form. Applications are due by Tuesday, February 16, 2016 for full consideration.

For information on the internship program in past years, please see these pages.

For further information, contact Alexandra Pope.

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reu-application-2016.pdf REU Application 55K Sat Jan 16 14:02:00 2016

The internship program is largely funded by the van Blerkom fellowship and the Five College Astronomy Department as well as the Massachusetts Space Grant Consortium.

A list of participants and a schedule of events and talks for summer 2013 can be found here.