Each summer, the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) brings about a dozen highly motivated college students to Baltimore, Maryland, for the Space Astronomy Summer Program to work individually with STScI researchers and staff on projects that include data reduction and interpretation, software development, software engineering, instrument calibration and support, scientific writing, and public outreach. STScI is a premier astronomical research institution, and our scientific staff of astronomers, scientists, analysts, and engineers is at the forefront of some of the most exciting astronomy going on today, from the study of our own solar system and the structure of the Milky Way to the composition of nearby galaxies and dark energy.
Our competitive program begins June 1st and ends July 31st and is primarily open to upper-division undergraduates with a strong interest in space-based astronomy, engineering, or public outreach (other candidates may be considered on an individual basis). In addition to hands-on projects, students are matched with a mentor and will attend a variety of lectures. Students receive a stipend, housing assistance, and travel reimbursement.
We proudly partner with the National Astronomy Consortium (NAC) to provide research opportunities to women and underrepresented minorities in astronomy-enterprise areas, and other STEM fields.
The 2020 summer program will run from June 1, 2020 and end on Friday, July 31, 2020. Unfortunately, we cannot accept participants requiring other start dates, or who cannot stay for the duration of the program.
The Space Astronomy Summer Program primarily serves college undergraduates from the U.S. and other countries between their junior and senior years. We also accept extraordinary undergraduate students in earlier years and beginning graduate students. If you think you would benefit from our program, we encourage you to apply.
The program provides short time to complete a project. We have found that students who have a strong background in astronomy, mathematics, and/or physics; hands-on experience with astronomical data and analysis; research experience; the ability to work independently; confidence in their limits; and are not afraid to ask for help are the most successful. However, none of these qualities or skills is a requirement.
As we review applications, we are looking for forward-thinking, motivated individuals who can take full advantage of this rare opportunity.
The Space Astronomy Summer Program provides students a fun, educational experience within a team-spirited environment. Students will receive a comparable monetary stipend, housing assistance, and travel to and from Baltimore. To find out more about the program visit:
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Applications will be accepted beginning January 1 through January 31, 2020. There is a one day grace period. NO applications will be accepted beyond February 1, 2020.
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STScI sees the diversity of our staff as a strategic priority in our desire to create a best-in-class scientific community. We reflect that deep dedication in strongly encouraging women, minorities, veterans and disabled individuals to apply for these opportunities.
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