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CAMPARE students

Photo: CAMPARE scholars at the 2016 Mentoring Dinner.

Program Description

Participate in cutting edge research in astronomy, planetary and space science, or astrobiology, at one of 14 world-class research institutions. The CAMPARE program is a network of California State Universities and California community colleges from which students are recruited to participate in undergraduate research projects for 8-10 weeks in the summer. Students are paid a stipend, and travel and housing expenses are included.

A map of CAMPARE participating institutions: Cal State branches (yellow), community colleges (red), and research sites (blue). See the table for a full list of participating schools.

The CAMPARE-HERA Astronomy Minority Partnership (CHAMP) program is a new opportunity within CAMPARE to study cosmology and radio astronomy at one of 7 universities partnering on the Hydrogen Epoch of Reionization Array (HERA) project, a new state-of-the-art radio telescope being built in South Africa.

To learn more about the research opportunities offered by the CAMPARE and CHAMP programs, visit our research opportunities pages in the navigation at right, and talk to the faculty contact at your school:

Program Details

What is it?

Students will work for 8-10 weeks (depending on the site) in the summer with scientists at one of 14 world-class research institutions on projects spanning the fields of astronomy, planetary and space science, astrobiology, and astronomy education and public outreach.

Selected students will receive a stipend. In addition, participants will be provided with housing and reimbursement for travel from home or campus to the relevant research site.

In the SETI lab, Ashley Curry adds liquid nitrogen to cool the apparatus used to prepare samples of ethane or ethane/water mixes for infrared spectral analysis. Matching these laboratory spectra with astronomical spectra of objects in our outer Solar System will help determine if these objects contain ethane. Liquid nitrogen is very cold, only 77 degress above absolute zero or 321 degrees below zero Farenheit (77 K = -196 C = -321 F).

Who should apply?

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age by the beginning of the program. Applicants must be enrolled in one of the CAMPARE participating institutions at the time of their application. For most sites, participants should not have graduated from their 4-year institution before the beginning of the summer internship, but some exceptions exist, so if you are graduating before Spring 2017, check each Research Opportunity page to confirm which you are eligible for. Community college students in the process of transferring to a 4-year institution are eligible to apply.

To be eligible for the program, applicants must have completed at least one full year of college-level physics by Summer 2017. For additional details of expectations and requirements for each site, visit the CAMPARE Research Opportunities pages.

When and How to Apply

Applications for the Summer 2017 program are due February 1, 2017. To apply to the program, follow the Application Instructions.

In addition, you must ask two faculty members (or others familiar with your academic or work background) to submit letters of reference using the link on the application instructions page.

TOP: Jason Alonzo preparing an OREOcube sample inside the deposition system, placing an optical SiO2 window on the disk.  BOTTOM: Gabriela Serna posing in front of Kitt Peak telescopes.

Indicate their names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses in your on-line application where appropriate. It is your responsibility to confirm that these letters have been sent and failure to obtain these two letters will render your application incomplete and lead to its rejection without review.

Successful students will be notified in March.

Contact Information

If you have any questions about the program, please contact the CAMPARE Director, Professor Rudolph.


This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grants AST-1559559 and AST-1636646.

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