Student Programs

NOAO Research Experiences for Undergraduates

NOAO offers a limited number of Summer Research Assistant positions to qualified undergraduate students each year at each of its two sites, Tucson and La Serena.

Undergraduate students are participants in the NOAO Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site Program in astronomy, funded by the National Science Foundation. Participation is restricted to citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Positions in Tucson are full-time for 10 to 12 weeks between late-May and mid-September with an application deadline in January for summer program appointments. The positions in La Serena are for 10 weeks between January and March with an application deadline in September for winter program appointments. Please check the appropriate sites (linked below) for actual application deadline dates.

NOAO-South/CTIO REU Program

CTIO, a division of NOAO, is the national NSF-funded center for optical and IR astronomy for the United States in the southern hemisphere. Observatory headquarters are located in La Serena, Chile, and observing facilities are located on Cerro Tololo, about 60 miles northeast of La Serena, on the western slope of the Andes. Students will work on specific research projects in close collaboration with members of the NOAO-South scientific staff in areas that include stellar structure and evolution, star clusters, supernovae and supernovae remnants, and the structure and evolution of normal galaxies and cosmology. The program emphasizes observational techniques and provides opportunity for direct observational experience using CTIO facilities. Additional information and application materials are available at this site.

NOAO-North/KPNO REU Program

KPNO, a division of NOAO, is the national NSF-funded center for optical and IR astronomy for the United States in the northern hemisphere. Observatory headquarters are located in Tucson, Arizona, and observing facilities are located on Kitt Peak, about 55 miles southwest of Tucson. Students will work on specific research projects in close collaboration with members of the NOAO-North scientific staff in areas including stellar and extragalactic astronomy, cosmology, and image analysis and instrumentation. In additional to participating in observing runs at Kitt Peak, students take part in weekly scientific lectures on various aspects of astronomical research, and have the opportunity to present their research in a poster session at the annual January AAS meeting. This program is run jointly with the REU program of the National Solar Observatory. Additional information and application materials are available at this site.

Last updated or reviewed February 17, 2011.