Research Opportunities in Astronomy

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This page lists summer undergraduate research opportunities in astronomy and space sciences outside of OSU. Appearance on this list is informational, not an explicit endorsement (although all of them are great opportunities, and all are paid positions).

NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programs typically have deadlines early in the new year for programs to run during the upcoming summer. NASA programs have similar application deadlines.

Most programs require you to fill out an application form (usually but not always online), write an essay, and provide either letters of recommendation (usually 2, sometimes 3), or ask you for the email addresses of people who will write you these letters (it varies by program).  Note that some programs may also have minimum GPA requirements.

We will add links to programs here as we learn of new opportunities, ordered by deadlines (earliest to latest).  The application period for the summer typically starts in January and programs have a wide variety of deadlines that sometimes change, so be sure to check the webpages linked below to confirm the actual deadlines. We recommend applying to more than one as some of them are competitive.

Astronomy is not the only field to have REUs or research opportunities. There are also opportunities in the Physics Department and other sciences if you look and ask. An extensive list of physics resources and opportunities is available here.

If you are an international student some of the programs are for domestic students only due to funding sources. You SHOULD email the program director and ask as there are sometimes spots that can be paid for differently. It is always worth your time to ask.

Summer Research Programs

Databases:

NSF REU Programs in Astronomical Sciences (link to NSF) Deadlines: vary by program

NSF REU Programs in Physics (link to NSF) Deadlines: vary by program
Note: many Physics REU programs have research available in Astrophysics or Space Science!

All NSF REU Programs (link to NSF) Deadlines: vary by program

Compiled list of programs from AstroBetter, Deadlines: vary by program

 

Additional Programs:

Caltech LIGO SURF, Deadline: 2022 January 7

Ohio State Astronomy Summer Undergraduate Research Program, Deadline: 2022 Jan 17

Scientists in the Parks, outreach and research program, Deadline: 2022 Jan 23
Look for "Night Skies Assistant" or "Education Assistant" or "Science Communication Assistant" positions for those most relevant to Astro!

Carnegie Summer Undergraduate Research Program, Deadline: 2022 Jan 31

Harvard-Smithsonian Summer Astrophysics REU Intern Program, Deadline: 2022 Jan 31

National Astronomy Consortium (NAC) at NRAO, Deadline: 2022 Jan 31

DAWN-IRES Scholars Program in Copenhagen, Denmark (through UMass), Deadline: 2022 Feb 1

NRAO Summer Student Research Assistantships, Deadline: 2022 Feb 1

SETI Institute REU, Deadline: 2022 Feb 1

Cornell University REU, Deadline: 2022 Feb 3

Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) SROP (multiple programs), Deadline: 2022 Feb 10

Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) SUPPR, Deadline: 2022 Feb 7

The University of Texas as Austin ASSURE Program, Deadline: 2022 Feb 10

The University of Texas at Austin TAURUS Program, Deadline: 2022 Feb 15

Brigham Young University (BYU) Physics and Astronomy REU, Deadline: 2022 Feb 14

Washington State University (WSU) REU in Physics and Astronomy, Deadline: 2022 Feb 13

The College of Wooster Physics and Astronomy REU, Deadline: 2022 Feb 28

NASA Summer Internships, Summer Session Deadline: 2022 Mar 18

JPL Summer Internship Program, Deadline: 2022 Mar 31

 

Acronyms:

JPL = NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA
NRAO = National Radio Astronomy Observatory
NSF = National Science Foundation
REU = Research Experiences for Undergraduates
SETI = Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence
SROP = Summer Research Opportunities Program
SUPPR = Summer Undergraduate Program for Planetary Research
TAURUS = Texas Astronomy Undergraduate Research experience for Under-represented Students