About Our Program
Students work remotely with researchers from the Department of Astronomy and Planetary Science at Northern Arizona University, the Lowell Observatory, USGS Astrogeology Science Center in Flagstaff, and the U. S. Naval Observatory in Flagstaff.
The research projects available vary from year to year, and have included planetary science, astrogeology, stellar astrophysics, instrumentation work, and extragalactic research. This year our program will run from May 31 through August 3, 2021.
Accommodations can usually be made for students on the quarter system who cannot start that early. Students will be enrolled at Northern Arizona University and receive one hour of credit; tuition and fees will be covered by the program. For 2021, the total stipend will be $5849, and each student will be eligible to receive up to $700 in travel expense reimbursement, if our program is in person in Flagstaff. Housing is included with the program, and room choices are based on availability at the NAU dorms (i.e. single or shared rooms). Although most of the students’ time will be spent on research, participants are required to attend a seminar series that will meet twice weekly. Some of the seminars will be on observational techniques, but the majority will be talks by Flagstaff astronomers and visitors on their research. We will also visit some of the local scientific facilities. Each student will have an opportunity to observe on local telescopes. Funds are also available for each student to present the results at a scientific meeting during the following year.