The Institute for Astronomy (IfA) of the University of Hawai`i (UH) at Manoa expects to offer 9 research assistant positions for the summer of 2017. These positions are funded through the National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program. This REU program will provide undergraduates who are considering a career in science with the opportunity to engage in research with professional astronomers working on cutting-edge problems in astrophysics. The REU students will be full-time research assistants to a faculty mentor at the Institute and will work on specific aspects of an ongoing research program.
Astronomers at the IfA conduct research in a wide range of astrophysical disciplines, including solar physics, planetary astronomy, astrobiology, stars, the interstellar medium and star formation, the formation and evolution of galaxies, and cosmology. There are also programs in technology involved in the development of new telescopes, new instruments, and adaptive optics. Further details are available at the IfA research page.
In addition to carrying out their research at one of the IfA locations on O’ahu, Maui, or Hawai`i, REU students may also participate in an observing run on one of the telescopes at the Maunakea (Big Island) or Haleakala (Maui) observatories. There is also a weekly seminar series given by the faculty, a weekly luncheon with the graduate students, and several social events and excursions. The positions are full-time for 10 weeks between late May and early August and a stipend of approximately $450 will be paid to each student. Part of the stipend will be used to offset costs for housing provided in dormitories on the UH campus. Support to cover travel to and from Hawai`i is also provided. Financial support is available for REU students to present their summer research at a professional meeting such as the American Astronomical Society, generally the winter meeting following the summer appointment.
The will be available online starting January 1. The deadline for receipt of the online application form and at least two letters of recommendation is February letterhead are preferred). Offers of appointment usually begin on March 1, by agreement with the other Astronomy REU programs. All applicants will be notified one way or another when all of our positions are filled. Please be patient, as we don’t have the resources to answer hundreds of questions regarding status or completeness of applications. Historically our offers are filled by mid-March.