We are no longer accepting applications for the Summer of 2018.
Acceptance letters will be sent in early March, 2016.
In the Summer of 2018 scientists from the Solar and Stellar X-Ray
Group (SSXG) and the Solar, Stellar, and Planetary Group (SSP) at the
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA)
will host undergraduate students from around the US. For 10 weeks these students will participate in cutting edge
astronomical research about the Sun and the heliosphere,
and learn the skills necessary for a successful
scientific career. Projects range from data analysis to computer modeling to instrument building.
Special seminars will be held to increase students'
public speaking and computer programming skills. Students will learn
from experience about scientific research and how to apply
their academic work to real-world problems. Of course, some
time will be devoted to exploring Cambridge, MA and the surrounding area.
- Provide a high-quality research experience for students.
- Foster participation by women and underrepresented minorities in scientific research.
- Accomplish state-of-the-art solar research.
- Develop independence, creativity, and interest for possible physics and astronomy graduate study.
- Demonstrate how academic knowledge acquired in classes applies to real-world research problems.
- Strengthen practical skills in data analysis, computer
programming, theory, numerical modeling, laboratory techniques, and
- Develop competence and confidence in presenting scientific results in a public forum.
The 2018 Solar Intern Program will be June 3 - August 11, 2018.
Housing is provided to the students free of charge in a dormitory room nearby the CfA. Travel from the student's university or home city to
Boston is also provided. The stipend for the summer is $5000. The student must be available for the entire 10 weeks of the program. Travel
allowances are also provided to students to present their summer research at the Fall AGU meeting or the
Winter AAS meeting.
Participants must be undergraduate students enrolled in a degree program (part-time or full-time), preferably finishing their sophomore or
junior years. Applications from traditionally underrepresented
groups are encouraged. The program is limited to US citizens or green card holders, and students 18 years of age or older. Harvard College
students are not eligible (but they are encouraged to contact us about other research opportunities during the school year).
Program coordinator Trae Winter (center) with SAO Solar REU Class of 2015
SAO Solar REU Class of 2016
The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) is an umbrella organization for the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO)
and the Harvard College Observatory (HCO). The CfA is arguably the largest and most diverse astrophysical
institution in the world. A broad
program of research in astronomy, astrophysics, earth
and space sciences is carried out by a highly diversified staff.
The CfA is the center of pioneering efforts in the development of orbiting
observatories, large ground-based telescopes, the
application of computers to astrophysical problems, and the
integration of laboratory measurements, theoretical
astrophysics, and observations across the electromagnetic
Located a short walk away from the main Harvard campus and the
famous Harvard Square,
CfA is close to restaurants, shopping, and museums. The abundance
of public transportation makes travel around the Cambridge
and Boston areas a snap.
Intern and mentor funding provided by NASA and the National Science Foundation.