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Research Opportunities: On Campus

There are many undergraduate research opportunities in astronomy at The University of Arizona and at the several other Tucson-based observatories and research institutes. Please see current available topics for On-Campus Research.

The College of Science also maintains a website that has research opportunities on campus and across the nation; see


Research Opportunities: Summer Positions

Every summer the National Science Foundation and NASA fund undergraduate research schools at several sites around the United States. The programs vary somewhat from site to site, but most bring together roughly a dozen undergraduates from around the country for a two to three month period. Students work on individual research projects under the supervision of a senior scientist, and participate in group seminars and other activities. The programs pay a modest stipend and travel expenses. This is a wonderful way to obtain research experience early in your career, and to make contacts with other scientists and students from around the country.

As you might expect for national programs the competition for slots is tough, but the rewards are great if you succeed. Announcements describing the programs, qualifications, and application procedures have been posted on the undergraduate major bulletin board outside Room 203.

The National Science Foundation also has a Web site, which gives details on all of the summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) programs that the NSF supports.


Research Opportunities: UA Undergraduate Research Grants

The University will award grants to undergraduates, typically around $800 - $1,000, to support "personalized research endeavors." Students must submit proposals with support of a faculty member. There is no restriction in the area of research. Applications may be obtained from The Honors College, in Slonaker House, Room 106. Call 621-6901 for more information, or see the posted announcement on the undergrad bulletin board outside Room 203.


Research Opportunities: Space Grant

Are you interested in getting paid to work on a space science related research project next year? The University's Space Grant Program will hire about 40 students next year as undergraduate interns. The Space Grant Undergraduate Research Internships provide paid support for 10-20 hours per week, to work with a faculty member on a research project. Any full-time undergraduate student at the University who is a U.S. citizen is eligible to apply, and competition is stiff. But if you have a strong academic record and an interest in this program, we strongly encourage you to apply. In most years the program has supported several astronomy majors.

If you would like to apply for an internship, the application deadline is usually in early July. Application forms may be obtained from the Astronomy Department Office (Room N204) or from Susan Brew in the Space Science building. A poster describing the program is located at the undergraduate bulletin board outside Room 203 or see the  Space Grant Web site.