CUREA 2016 application

Program dates: June 19 - July 2, 2016

Review of applications will begin March 15, continuing until the program is filled.

Questions? Contact Professor Paula Turner: turnerp@kenyon.edu

The CUREA program is an intensive hands-on workshop in observational solar and stellar astrophysics, aimed at the level of undergraduate students who have completed a course in modern physics.

During the two week program, a small group of students lives and works with instructors at the historic Mount Wilson Observatory in the San Gabriel Mountains north of Pasadena, learning to use observational tools and techniques including CCD imaging, photometry, and spectroscopy. In the second week, students each complete a mini-research project in which they propose, collect, analyze, and explain their own observations of some phenomenon in solar or stellar astrophysics. Participants have included international students, former undergraduates looking to explore re-entry into a possible career path in astronomy, and educators from high schools and public outreach settings.

Tuition for the program is $1500, which includes all materials, room, and board, as well as transportation to and from local airports. Some scholarship assistance is available to defray tuition; travel expenses to and from Los Angeles are the responsibility of the student and are not eligible for scholarship aid.


First name:

Last name:

e-mail address:




citizenship (country)

undergraduate institution you attend(ed):

graduation year:

Are you currently a full-time student?



major:




Please indicate which of the following college courses you will have completed before the dates of the program for which you are applying. Include only courses taken at a junior college, college, or university, not AP or dual-enrollment courses taken in secondary school. Students are not expected to have completed all of these courses; the mix of courses you have taken is merely one factor in assessing your preparation for our program.






Please provide the name of a faculty recommender who has taught you in class from whom we may request a letter of recommendation. The letter should address your preparation for a hands-on, laboratory-like experience combining physics and astronomy. Your experience in physics courses and labs is relatively more important for success in this program than having prior coursework in astronomy, so please select a recommender who can address your preparation appropriately.
e-mail address of faculty recommender:

Explain briefly how you think participating in this observational astrophysics program would further your educational and career goals. (One paragraph only.)


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