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Northern Arizona University REU

NAU Participants

PHOTO (above): Participants in the 2014 Northern Arizona University REU.

Astronomy Research at Northern Arizona University

Northern Arizona University (NAU) in Flagstaff, Arizona, has been an REU site sponsored by the National Science Foundation since 1991. Pending funding, seven students, including 1-2 CAMPARE scholars, will work in Flagstaff with researchers from the NAU Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, the Lowell Observatory, the U.S. Geological Survey 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.

Program Details

What is it?


Students will work for 10 weeks in the summer with scientists from the NAU Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, the Lowell Observatory, the U.S. Geological Survey in Flagstaff, the U. S. Naval Observatory in Flagstaff, and the National Undergraduate Research Observatory Consortium on research projects such as:

  • A Search for Activity in Main-Belt Asteroids
  • Characterizing Impact Melt on Mercury
  • Characterizing the Embedded Young Binaries S and VV Corona Australis
  • Characterizing OB Stars in the Star-Forming Lucke-Hodge 41 Region
  • Bedding Geometry in the Medusae Fossae Formation
  • Using Raman Spectroscopy to Probe the Cargon Monoxide/Nitrogen/Methane Ternary System

Selected students will receive a 
$5450 stipend for the full 10 weeks. In addition, participants will be provided with housing and reimbursed for travel from home or campus to Flagstaff, Arizona.

Who should apply?

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age by the beginning of the program. They must be enrolled in one of the CAMPARE participating institutions at the time of their application. Participants should not have graduated from their 4-year institution before the beginning of the summer internship. Community college students in the process of transferring to a 4-year institution are eligible to apply.

All applicants must have completed a minimum of one full year of college-level physics by the start of the program.

When and How to Apply

Applications are due February 1, 2018. 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. 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. The research program runs Monday, June 4th to Friday, August 7th 2018 (10 weeks). Participants must be available during the entire 10-week period of the program.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. AST-1559559.

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