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Physics & Astronomy Research Experience for Community College Students – March 31st Deadline

In summer 2015, Texas A&M University-Commerce will again offer the NSF-funded Physics and Astronomy REU program specifically designed for students currently studying in 2-year colleges around the country. Students will be paid $5,000 salary, travel and free housing on our campus for 10 weeks from June 7 to August 14. More information about our program and the application form can be found on the program website (see below)

Quick Facts

Application Deadline: March 31st
Program Dates: June 7th-August 14th
Location: Commerce, Texas
Requirements: Must be a current student at a 2-year (community) college; US. Citizen or permanent resident
Program Website:  http://www.tamuc.edu/academics/colleges/scienceEngineeringAgriculture/departments/physicsAstronomy/phas.reu/TAMUC-REU.pdf

UW Science in the News: Astronomer Eric Agol

“University of Washington astronomer Eric Agol played a key role in the windfall of 715 new exoplanets announced by NASA Feb. 26. Agol was on a team that found seven of those worlds, all in orbit around the same star, Kepler-90. It’s the first planetary system with seven planets seen to transit, or cross in front of their host star.

Agol, colleague Josh Carter of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and co-authors discovered the multiple planets (though other teams published findings before them) and helped confirm the high likelihood that the grouping is in fact a planetary system. News reports note that an amateur astronomer assisted in identifying the seventh planet.”

Read the press release here.

Summer Research Program: USC REU in Physics & Astronomy

The University of South Carolina Department of Physics and Astronomy is pleased to announce that they will be hosting a NEW NSF REU this summer.


  • Cutting-edge research with physics and astronomy faculty members (Descriptions here: http://www.physics.sc.edu/REU/REUAreas.html)
  • Weekly workshops for professional development: research strategies, intellectual property, communication skills
  • Social activities and outings to local attractions
  • End of summer symposium
  • 10 weeks May 25 – August 1 for 8 students
  • Stipend: $5000
  • Housing and meals included
  • Travel reimbursement, up to $400

Application DEADLINE: February 28
Application and more information: http://www.physics.sc.edu/REU/REU.html
For questions and to apply, contact Professor Brett Altschul at baltschu[at]physics.sc.edu