The Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico invites applications for the NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates program. Students selected for the program will work with staff scientists on projects related to ongoing research or instrumentation development. Students will be exposed to the interdisciplinary character of this unique research facility through lectures by the staff and visiting scientists, seminar series, tours of the observatory facilities and frequent informal discussions with staff and scientists. Students are also expected to have the opportunity to conduct hands-on observing with the 305-m telescope. A bonus of our program is the opportunity to explore the beautiful island of Puerto Rico and its culture. Normally, a few non-REU students from universities in Puerto Rico also spend their summer at the Observatory. Participating REU students will reside in Visiting Scientist Quarters at the observatory, where meals are available in a cafeteria. Room and board will be covered, and in addition a $500-per-week stipend will be provided.
Undergraduates who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and who will be enrolled in a bachelor's degree program (part- or full-time; in the US or abroad) during Fall 2014 are eligible for NSF funded REU program. Regardless of citizenship, if you have funding from other sources (e.g. your own college), you can apply using the same form and describe your funding in the comment box provided.
You will need to select three choices for the research areas of observatory science from Radio Astronomy, Solar System Radar, Atmospheric Science, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science to which you wish to apply. More information here: http://www.naic.edu/reu_docs/science_area.html
Online Application Open: December 15, 2013
Online Application Deadline: January 27, 2014
Supporting Documents Deadline: February 3, 2014
Decision: March 1, 2014
REU program: May - August, 2014 (10 weeks)