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Physics & Astronomy

1000 E. University, Dept 3905

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-6150

Fax: 307-766-2652

Email: physics@uwyo.edu

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Physics & Astronomy

College of Arts and Sciences

Astronomy at the University of Wyoming


Program Overview

The University of Wyoming and the National Science Foundation sponsor a 10-week program, from May 26 through July 31.  Each student will be trained to use our 2.3 meter and 0.6 meter telescopes and to analyze astronomical data.  Frequent seminars will cover recent breakthroughs in astronomy, computational techniques, preparing for graduate school, best practices for written and oral presentations, and responsible research conduct.  A unique aspect of the Wyoming REU program is that all students will work together as a team on a single project.

Support

Each participant will be awarded a stipend of $600/week, housing, and travel funds for getting to and from Laramie as well as the January 2021 meeting of the American Astronomical Society.

Research Project

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.

Location

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.

Apply

The deadline for applying has passed for our Summer 2020 REU Program.  Thank you to everyone who applied.

Only U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible.

Application process will begin: December 1, 2019.  Click on the REU Application to complete the application.  

We hope you are excited about our REU program, but note that students who apply to multiple programs have a much higher rate of being accepted somewhere.  Here is a link to a list of those sites. https://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/list_result.jsp?unitid=5045

Please have two letters of reference emailed as PDFs to:  uw.astronomy.reu@gmail.com

Inquiries may be made to Program Director Professor Daniel Dale at:  uw.astronomy.reu@gmail.com

Program offers were made on March 1, 2020.

As of March 13th, all of the offers have been accepted.  We will contact you if you are on our waitlist.

REU 2016

REU 2016

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Physics & Astronomy

1000 E. University, Dept 3905

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-6150

Fax: 307-766-2652

Email: physics@uwyo.edu

Find us on Facebook (Link opens a new window)

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