Kitt Peak National Observatory Research Scholarship, USA

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Kitt Peak National Observatory Research Scholarship

Study Subject :  Astrophysics

Employer : National Optical Astronomy Observatory

Level : Undergraduates

Kitt Peak National Observatory ( KPNO ), a division of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory ( NOAO ), anticipates being able to offer six research assistant positions for the summer of 2010 through the NSF-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates ( REU ) Program.

The KPNO REU program provides an exceptional opportunity for undergraduates considering a career in science to engage in substantive research activities with NOAO scientists working in the forefront of contemporary astrophysics.

Each REU student is hired as a full-time research assistant to work on specific aspects of major ongoing research projects at NOAO which include the origin, nature, and evolution of stars, galaxies and stellar systems, observational cosmology, analysis of Hubble Space Telescope and Spitzer Space Telescope images,and Kepler Mission light curves.

As part of their research activities, REU students gain first-hand experience with KPNO’s state-of-the-art telescopes and develop expertise in astronomical data reduction and analysis.

Participants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States. The positions are full-time for 10 to 12 weeks between June and August, with a preferred starting date in early June.

A salary of $675.00 per week and funds to cover travel to and from Tucson, Arizona, are provided. Summer housing is the responsibility of the student.

Students have a choice to either live on campus at the University of Arizona or rent an apartment or house off campus.