Undergraduate Research Opportunities In Astronomy

Independent Research: Many Astronomy Illinois undergraduate majors and minors participate in research projects sponsored by individual faculty members. To inquire about working with a faculty member on a research project, please contact the faculty member directly. Students interested in participating in faculty research projects are encouraged to enroll in ASTR 496 RI: Survey of Current Research, which is offered every spring semester.

REU Program: The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation.

USRP: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration Undergraduate Student Research Program (USRP) offers undergraduates across the United States mentored internship experiences at NASA Centers and research support facilities. The NASA USRP is NASA’s largest nationwide internship program.

Laboratory for Cosmological Data Mining: The Laboratory for Cosmological Data Mining has been selected for the 2014 Google Summer of Code. Undergraduate students will work with Professor Robert Brunner and other members of the LCDM to develop open source implementations of important astrophysical algorithms such as finding and classifying sources in astronomical image data, estimating distances to galaxies, identifying strong gravitational lens systems, and accelerating general cosmological computations by using cloud computing.