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NOAO Newsletter - CTIO Operations - September 2000 - Number 63


Undergraduates Wanted for the 2001 CTIO REU Program!

Donald W. Hoard

The year 2000 saw another successful National Science Foundation-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program at CTIO. Two students presented posters at the June 2000 AAS meeting in Rochester, and the other two will attend the January 2001 AAS meeting in San Diego. We're looking forward to another outstanding program for 2001 when we anticipate offering four undergraduate Research Assistant positions for a ten-week program starting in January 2001. Donald W. Hoard is the CTIO REU Site Director.

CTIO hosts the only NSF-funded REU program that takes place during the US academic year, which is the Chilean summer (January through March). This schedule provides an alternative for students who can take advantage of a quarter or semester away from their home campuses, and who are interested in participating in an overseas program. The CTIO REU program offers students the unique opportunity to gain observational experience studying objects in the rich Southern Hemisphere sky (e.g., the Magellanic Clouds, the Galactic Center), while also providing them with a chance to work alongside Chilean astronomy and engineering students who come to CTIO to participate in the "Practicas de Investigación en Astronomía" (PIA) program of summer engineering internships.

The application deadline for the 2001 CTIO REU program is 2 October 2000. The program is open to US citizens or permanent residents who will be enrolled as full-time undergraduate students through January 2001. Please check the CTIO REU Web page (http://www.ctio.noao.edu/REU/reu.html) for application materials and the latest news about our 2001 program, as well as for more information about the CTIO REU program, projects, and participants from previous years.

Please direct inquiries to ctioreu@noao.edu.

Caption: 2000 CTIO REU student Melanie Blackburn (West Virginia) observes with the CTIO Curtis Schmidt telescope during two nights of orientation on the mountaintop.


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