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1000 E. University, Dept 3905
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: 307-766-6150
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Astronomy at the University of Wyoming

Program Overview

The University of Wyoming and the National Science Foundation sponsor a 10-week program focused on galaxy evolution, from May 31 through Aug 5.  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.


Each participant will be awarded a stipend of $500/week (before tax), housing, a meal allowance, and travel funds for getting to and from Laramie as well as the January 2017 meeting of the American Astronomical Society. 

Research project

Each summer our cohort of REU students will work as a team to study a specific aspect of galaxy evolution. During the summer of 2016, our program will focus on identifying and characterizing distant quasars.  We will measure their multi-wavelength variability to probe the physics in the accretion disks around their massive black holes.  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 2012-2015 cohorts averaged over 40 nights 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 hiking, climbing, rafting and camping in Yellowstone National Park. 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.

Application procedure

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

Complete the application and have two letters of reference emailed as pdfs to Beth Leonard at  If sent via Snail Mail please address to:

Professor Daniel Dale
Department of Physics & Astronomy
University of Wyoming
1000 E. University Ave.
Department 3905
Laramie, WY 82071


Application deadline: February 15, 2016

Program offers will be made March 1, 2016

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