Research Opportunties in Astronomy


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 deadline (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.

Summer Research Programs

Ohio State Astronomy Summer Undergraduate Research Program

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

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

Space Astronomy Summer Program (SASP) at STScI, Deadline: 2020 Jan 31

Carnegie Summer Undergraduate Research Program, Deadline: 2020 Jan 31

DAWN-IRES Scholars Program in Copenhagen, Denmark (through UMass), Deadline: 2020 Feb 1

National Astronomy Consortium (NAC) at NRAO, Deadline: 2020 Feb 3

NRAO Summer Student Research Assistantships, Deadline: 2020 Feb 3

Brigham Young University (BYU) Physics and Astronomy REU, Deadline: 2020 Feb 10

TAURUS (University of Texas, Austin), Deadline: 2020 Feb 14

NSF-REU Program at The College of Wooster, Deadline: 2020 Feb 28

JPL Summer Internship Program, Deadline: 2020 Mar 30

NASA Summer Internships, Summer Session Deadline: 2020 Mar 8


REU = Research Experiences for Undergraduates
NSF = National Science Foundation
NRAO = National Radio Astronomy Observatory
STScI = Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, MD
JPL = NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA
TAURUS = Texas Astronomy Undergraduate Research experience for Under-represented Students