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Astrophysics Undergraduate

Astrophysics / August 10, 2019

The Department of Astronomy and the Center for Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics (CCAPP) sponsor a summer research program for Ohio State undergraduates. This program offers full-time, paid summer research positions in astrophysics with a faculty member of the Department of Astronomy and/or Physics.


Participants in the 2016 Undergraduate Research Symposium

Students presented their research at the 10th annual Undergraduate Research Symposium on July 29, 2016. The photo shows participants from 2016, along with their research advisors. Left to right are Matthew Penny, Richard Pogge, Andy Taylor, Fangze Liu, Todd Thompson, Smita Mathur, Malinda Baer, Grace Calhoun, Macy Huston, Don Terndrup, and Joe Schulze.


The program runs from May 15 to August 4 during Summer 2017. Successful applicants must be willing to work full time on research for 12 weeks during 2017, starting on May 15 (Note: participants should not have a part time job or take classes during the 12 weeks of SURP). Participants must also commit to completion of an Undergraduate Thesis in Astronomy by enrolling in Astronomy 4999 during the following academic year. This is one of the requirements for graduation with Research Distinction (for non-Honors students) or with Honors Research Distinction (for Honors students). This achievement will be noted on a student's degree and permanent academic record.

Who May Apply?

The Summer Undergraduate Research Program is primarily intended for juniors interested in graduate study in astrophysics, although exceptional sophomores will also be considered. Participants are typically astronomy and astrophysics majors, physics majors, or majors in other, closely-related fields who have, or will have, completed Astronomy 2291 and 2292 before they are to begin summer research. These courses provide essential background information for most research projects. An exception is engineering students interested in astronomical instrumentation, but who may not have completed any astronomy coursework. We encourage applications from engineering students interested in projects in our instrumentation group.

There will be approximately five positions available for Summer 2017. This program is only open to undergraduates at The Ohio State University.

Application Information

  • A cover letter with your contact information
  • A copy of your OSU Advising Report
  • A 500 word essay on why you want to pursue research in astrophysics.

Your essay may also mention if you would like to pursue research in specific areas. We will do our best to accommodate preferences, although we can make no guarantees. We plan to select and notify applicants after Spring Break. Please send your application to:

Summer Undergraduate Research Program
Department of Astronomy

Source: astronomy.osu.edu