The University of Wyoming and the National Science Foundation sponsor a 10-week program, from May 30 through Aug 4. 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.
Each participant will be awarded a stipend of $500/week, housing, a meal allowance, and travel funds for getting to and from Laramie as well as the January 2018 meeting of the American Astronomical Society.
During the summer of 2017, 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 2012-2016 cohorts averaged 44 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.
Only U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible.
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