Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) Summer Intern Program

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 Deadline: 

January 31, 2020
   

Start Date: 

June 7, 2020
   

Duration: 

10 Weeks, June 7 - August 15, 2020
   

Location: 

Cambridge, MA
   

Area of Interest: 

Arts
Biomedical Sciences
Engineering, Computer Science, and Applied Sciences
Humanities
Physical Sciences
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Other:
   

Category: 

Education
   

Description: 

The SAO Summer Intern Program is an NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) internship where students take on an astrophysics research project with an SAO or Harvard scientist. Students are expected to work at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics for the full duration of the program. We house our interns in Harvard's graduate student dormitory facilities.

The program is funded by the National Science Foundation and the Smithsonian Institution.

Potential areas of research include (with a few example study subjects that reflect ongoing research at the CfA):
Galaxies. How do they form, what powers them, how will they evolve over cosmic time?
Our Solar System. What are near-Earth asteroids? What kinds of objects populate the Oort Cloud and Kuiper Belt?
Stars and Planets. Are stellar models accurate? Where are new planets to be found?
Lab Astrophysics. What chemistry takes place in space? Do ices matter? How did the Earth get its water?
Extreme Astrophysics. What connects supermassive black holes to their host galaxies? What can we learn from X-ray emitting binary stars?

...and can involve data from a host of facilities, including space-based telescopes like NASA's Kepler, Spitzer, and Chandra missions (among others), and the many ground-based observatories often used by SAO scientists, such as:
The Submillimeter Array in Hawaii
The MMT on Mt. Hopkins in Arizona
The Magellan Telescopes on Las Campanas, in Chile
The Millimeter-Wave Telescope in Cambridge
   

Benefits: 

$5,000 stipend, free housing; and airfare to attend the Honolulu AAS meeting in 2020 to present your research.

   

Major(s): 

Physics
Aerospace Engineering
Aerospace Engineering
See Web site for more information

   

GPA: 

   
Year In School at 
start of program: 
Freshman
Sophomore
Junior
Senior
   
Employment 
 Eligibility: 
Has Citizenship
Has Permanent Residence
Has Work Permit
Other: 
   

Required 
Documents: 

Resume
Personal Statement
Letters of Recommendation
Other: Official Transcripts
 

Contact: 

Ms. Program Administrator
SAO Summer Intern Program
Mail Stop 70, 60 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone: (617) 496-7063    
Email: intern@cfa.harvard.edu

 

Program Website: 

https://www.cfa.harvard.edu/opportunities/reu//REU.html
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