University of Wyoming
PHOTO (above left): The 2.3-meter Wyoming Infrared Observatory (WIRO) inside the dome (photo:Matt Bryant)
PHOTO (above right): Images of bowshocks near the Carina Nebula from a paper accepted to Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society led by Remington Sexton, Cal Poly Pomona class of 2013 (Sexton et al. 2015)
Astronomy Research at University of Wyoming
During the summer of 2020, our program will focus on discovering and confirming exoplanets. Students will use the 0.6 meter and the 2.3 meter telescopes to acquire high-precision photometry and spectroscopy of transiting exoplanet candidates. Light curves and velocity curves will be utilized to constrain planet radii, masses, and orbits. Students will learn how to process and analyze astronomical spectra and imaging data, learn techniques in scientific programming, and become expert observers. In fact, our 2012-2019 cohorts averaged 48 nights per summer on our 2.3 meter telescope on nearby Mt. Jelm.
Situated between two mountain ranges and lying at an elevation of 7,200 feet, Laramie's location provides excellent outdoor opportunities in the Rocky Mountain West. Previous REU participants have gone on hiking, climbing, rafting, camping, and nature/wildlife photography excursions. Destinations typically include Grand Tetons National Park, Yellowstone National Park, and local mountain ranges in southern Wyoming and northern Colorado. Laramie's unique cultural flavor combines elements of the rugged rural west with the cosmopolitan aspects of an intellectual center. By car, Laramie is approximately two hours from Denver.
What is it?
Selected students will receive a $5000 stipend for the full 10 weeks. In addition, participants will be provided with housing and reimbursed for travel from home or campus to Laramie, Wyoming.
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 Saturday, February 1, 2020. 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 Tuesday, May 26 to Friday, July 31, 2020 (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 Grants AST-1559559 and AST-1636646.