University of Arizona

University of Arizona

Research at the University of Arizona

LEFT PHOTO (above): The 10-meter Heinrich Hertz Submillimeter Telescope (SMT) on Mt. Graham, Arizona, in the snow.

RIGHT PHOTO (above): Telescopes on Mt. Lemmon near Tucson, Arizona.

Travel to Tucson to participate in cutting-edge astronomy research at Steward Observatory, one of the top research observatories in the world.

Work with Steward Observatory astronomers on cutting edge research projects such as:

  • The Life Cycle of Star-Forming Clouds
  • Triggered Star Formation in the Omega Nebula
  • Infrared Variability of Planet-forming Disks around Young Stars
  • Extended Red Objects and Stellar Wind Bow Shocks in the Carina Nebula
  • Optical Photometry of Recent Supernova Explosions
  • Hot White Dwarf Stars in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
  • Infrared and Optical Studies of Nearby Galaxies
  • Stellar Clusters in the Large Magellanic Cloud
  • X-ray/Infrared Investigation of Cluster Cooling Flows

TOP: Top: The 90" (2.3 meter) Bok Telescope on Kitt Peak, the largest telescope operated solely by Steward Observatory.

BOTTOM: The 61" telescope of the University of Arizona, Steward Observatory. This telescope is at an elevation of 8230 feet on Mount Bigelow in the Catalina Mountains north of Tucson.

An additional opportunity exists for students interested in astronomy education or public outreach (E/PO). For the first half of the summer, these students will work at the acclaimed Astronomy Camp, a series of 1-week camps designed to expose both children and adults to real astronomical observing in the mountains of Arizona. During the second half of the summer E/PO students will participate in Astronomy Education Research with staff at the Center for Astronomy Education (CAE) at the University of Arizona.

Program Details

What is it?
Students will work for 10 weeks in the summer with scientists at the University of Arizona Steward Observatory on projects spanning the field of astronomy.

Who should apply?

Applicants must be United States Citizens or Permanent Residents and at least 18 years of age by the beginning of the program.  Applicants must be enrolled in one of the CAMPARE participating institutions at the time of their application.  Participants may not have graduated from their 4-year institution before the beginning of the summer internship, but community college students may be in the process of transferring to a 4-year institution.

To be eligible for the program, applicants must be have completed a full year of college-level physics by Summer 2014. Preference will be given to students with additional physics coursework.

When and How to Apply


Applications are due Friday, February 14, 2014; to apply to the program, fill out the on-line Application Form; in addition, have two (2) faculty members (or others familiar with your academic or work background) submit letters of reference on your behalf by e-mail only, preferably as a signed PDF attachment, to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Indicate their names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses in your on-line application where appropriate. It is your responsibility to confirm that these letters have been sent and failure to obtain these two letters will render your application incomplete and lead to its rejection without review.

Telescopes on Mt. Lemmon near Tucson, Arizona.

Successful students will be notified in March. The research program runs Monday, June 16th to Friday, August 22nd 2014 (10 weeks). The dates of the education/public outreach program at the University of Arizona will determined by the dates of Astronomy Camp and in consultation with the Director, Dr. Don McCarthy.

Financial support
$5000 for the full 10 weeks - in addition, participants will be provided with housing. Travel reimbursement is up to $500 for travel from home or campus to Tucson, AZ.

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If you have any questions about the program, please contact the CAMPARE Director, Professor Rudolph.


This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. AST-1322432.

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