UW-Madison REU Program

The Astronomy Department and the Astrophysics group of the Physics Department will host a Research Experiences for Undergraduates program in Astronomy and Astrophysics for several students for the ten weeks from May 26th to August 1st, 2020. Applications received by Feb 15th will receive full consideration. By agreement among NSF supported REU Astronomy programs, notification of acceptance will be no earlier than March 1st. Click here for application information.

Key Dates:

  • Application webpage opens: November 1st, 2019
  • Application deadline (incl. reference letters): February 15th, 2020
  • Acceptance notification: No earlier than March 1st, 2020
  • First day of program: May 26th, 2020
  • Last day of program: August 1st, 2020

About the program

Participants will work in Madison with researchers in the Astronomy Department and the Astrophysics group of the Physics Department. Projects may include work in the following areas:

  • astrophysical detectors
  • data analysis in cosmology
  • X-ray astrophysics
  • neutrino astrophysics
  • neutron stars, white dwarfs, and black holes
  • observational stellar astronomy
  • star formation
  • observational interstellar medium
  • extragalactic astronomy
  • theoretical work in galactic dynamics
  • theoretical neutrino astrophysics
  • theoretical work in the chemistry and dynamics of interstellar matter

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Our REU program includes a stipend and food allowance of $5,600, as well as reasonable travel expenses to/from Madison. Students will be housed with those participating in other summer research programs. They will be invited to participate in several interdisciplinary programs including discussions on scientific ethics, and a university-wide welcome and orientation. They will have access to library and campus recreational facilities, such as sailing on Lake Mendota.

Currently, participants must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S.  We highly value diversity among our participants; women, members of under-represented minorities, and students from small colleges are all encouraged to apply. We expect to accept 8 students for the 2020 REU cohort.

For further information, please email us at reu@astro.wisc.edu 

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number 1004881, AST-1560016, and AST-1852136. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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