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Student Research Opportunities

Cal State LA science and engineering students can apply to a summer internship program called CAMPARE. 

February 1, 2013 is the application deadline. 
PowerPoint: CAMPARE 2012-13

Overview, including how to apply:

Hello Science and Engineering Majors,

The CAMPARE program provides paid summer research opportunities in astronomy, planetary science, and astrobiology, at four world-class research institutions: the University of Arizona Steward Observatory in Tucson, Arizona, the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Caltech, in Pasadena, California.

- Program participants receive a $5000 stipend; in addition, travel and housing expenses are included 
- Application deadline is February 1, 2013
- There are four major opportunities: astronomy research, planetary science research, astrobiology research, and an education/public outreach track
- Students may apply for more than one opportunity.  The more opportunities selected, the better the chances of being chosen for the program

Program requirements:
Astronomy research at University of Arizona: students from any field of science and engineering are welcome to apply. Applicants to this opportunity must have completed at least one year of college-level physics; students who have taken at least two years of physics are preferred. This opportunity is suited to someone interested in graduate work in astronomy
Astrobiology, planetary science, and SETI research at the SETI Institute: students from any field of science and engineering with sophomore standing are welcome to apply. This opportunity is suited for someone interested in these fields or in advanced study in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, geology, planetary science, or the technology and science of SETI (radio astronomy) Planetary science and astronomy research at JPL: students from any field of science and engineering are welcome to apply.  There is no formal background required for this opportunity, but students with at least sophomore standing, and who have taken some college level science or engineering, are preferred.  This opportunity is suited to someone interested in working in space science or pursuing graduate work in planetary science or astronomy
Astronomy education and public outreach at University of Arizona: students from any field of science and engineering are welcome to apply, but students who have taken astronomy and one year of college level physics are preferred.  Students work as a counselor at Astronomy Camp teaching teens about astronomy, and conducting astronomy education research.  This opportunity is suited to someone interested in education and public outreach, e.g., teaching high school physics or astronomy, or working in public outreach at NASA and other such institutions

- Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents
- Applications are only accepted on-line; in addition, two letters of reference must be e-mailed directly from the letter writers (preferably as signed PDF documents) to
- The program targets underrepresented minority students, but all students who meet the program eligibility requirements may apply
- Detailed info on the program is at
- If you are not currently eligible for this program but would like to receive updates in future years, please fill out an interest form

Students can contact Professor Susan Terebey, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Cal State LA for more information ( ) Also, questions can be directed to Professor Alex Rudolph, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Cal Poly Pomona, the director of the program, at .  

Susan Terebey

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Please follow these links for further information about ongoing projects, student research, and future schedule of astronomy and astronomy related classes.


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