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The University of Wyoming and the National Science Foundation sponsor a 10-week program in 2023, from May 22 through July 28. Each student will be trained to use our 2.3 meter telescope 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 $600/week, housing, a meal allowance, and travel funds for getting to and from Laramie as well as the January 2023 annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society.
During the summer of 2023, our program will focus on black hole physics. Nearly every night of the summer, students will use our 2.3 meter telescope on nearby Mt. Jelm to obtain spectroscopy of supermassive black hole binary systems. Students will learn how to process and analyze astronomical spectra and imaging data, learn techniques in scientific programming, and become expert observers.
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, biking, 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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Application deadline: February 15, 2023
Program offers will be made March 1, 2023