Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU): Northern Arizona University

Northern Arizona University

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Grant amount: Up to US $6,000

Anticipated deadline: Jan 30, 2020 11:00pm PST

Applicant type: Undergraduate Student

Funding uses: Conference, Research

Location of project: Arizona

Location of residency: United States

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Northern Arizona University (NAU) in Flagstaff, Arizona, has been a Research Experiences for Undergraduates site sponsored by the National Science Foundation since 1991. Pending renewal of our funding, we will again be offering this program in the summer of 2016. Seven undergraduate students will work in Flagstaff with researchers from the  NAU Dept. of Physics and Astronomy , the Lowell Observatory, the U. S. Geological Survey in Flagstaff, the U. S. Naval Observatory in Flagstaff, and the National Undergraduate Research Observatory Consortium. The research projects available vary from year to year, and have included planetary science, astrogeology, stellar astrophysics, instrumentation work, and extragalactic research.

In 2016 the program will run from June 6 through August 9. Accommodations can usually be made for students on the quarter system who cannot start that early. Students will be enrolled at NAU and receive three hours of credit; tuition and fees will be covered by the program. The total stipend will be $5,150, and each student will receive up to $700 toward travel expenses. Single room housing is included with the program based on availability at the NAU dorms.

Although most of the students' time will be spent on research, participants are required to attend a seminar series that will meet twice weekly. Some of the seminars will be on observational techniques, but the majority will be talks by Flagstaff astronomers and visitors on their research. We will also visit some of the local scientific facilities. Each student will have an opportunity to observe on local telescopes. Funds are also available for each student to present the results at a scientific meeting during the following year.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • In order to be eligible, students must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions, and be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program.


  • We particularly encourage the applications of women and under-represented minorities.


  • Students graduating prior to the start of the summer program are not eligible.