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.