Summer Astrophysics Programs for High School

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Summer Astrophysics Programs for High School
Summer programs in astrophysics provide high school students with opportunities to learn at top research institutions. (galaxy fly image by ELEN from

High school students interested in a summer experience in astrophysics have many choices across the country. Most programs include a combination of classroom work, laboratory research in astrophysics, and special projects and field trips. Some programs are residential camps, while others are day camps or commuter scholarship programs. Students interested in applying for a summer astrophysics program should have an interest in physics and space science, and good grades in science and mathematics at the high school level.

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Baylor University CASPER High School Scholars

The Baylor University Center for Astrophysics, Space Physics, and Engineering Research (CASPER) offers the High School Scholars Program for high school junior and senior Advanced Placement students. The program includes coursework and laboratory research at CASPER's Space Science Lab and Hypervelocity Impacts and Dusty Plasmas Lab. CASPER awards two High School Scholarships per summer. Contact:

Dr. Truell W. Hyde One Baylor Place #97310 Baylor University Waco, Texas 76798-7310 254-710-3763

COSMOS at UC San Diego

COSMOS, the California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science, hosted by UC San Diego, is a rigorous, four-week residential summer program for high school students. COSMOS course offerings include a cluster in astrophysics and cosmology, providing students with experiences in science and astrophysics that they would not get in a traditional high school curriculum. The astrophysics cluster includes activities in solar physics, astronomical instrumentation and engineering, and the astrophysics of galaxy formation. Contact:

COSMOS UC San Diego 9500 Gilman Dr. #0429 Engineering Building Unit 1, Ste. 1400 La Jolla, CA 92093-0429 858-822-4361

ISSYP at the Perimeter Institute, Waterloo, Canada

ISSYP, the International Summer School for Young Physicists, provides high school students from around the world with courses and research opportunities with top physicists. The two-week program is for junior and senior level students who wish to pursue an undergraduate degree in physics. Participants live on the University of Waterloo campus. Contact:

Julie Taylor, Outreach Coordinator 31 Caroline St. North Waterloo, Ontario Canada N2L 2Y5 519-569-7600, ext 5080

PIXE-PAN Program at Notre Dame

The Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics sponsors the one-week PIXE-PAN (Proton-Induced X-Ray Emission Physics of the Atomic Nuclei) non-residential summer program for high school students in astrophysics, cosmology and atomic physics. Students participate in hands-on research at the Advanced Physics Laboratory at the University of Notre Dame. Contact:

JINA Outreach, Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics 225 Nieuwland Science Hall University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN 46556 574-631-4087

Summer Science Program

The Summer Science Program, sponsored by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the California Institute of Technology, and the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, hosts six-week residential summer programs for gifted high school students in astrophysics in two locations: Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California and New Mexico Tech in Socorro, New Mexico. Students complete a small-group research project in astrophysics and celestial mechanics using the laboratory and observatory facilities at the two campuses. Contact:

Richard Bowdon, SSP Executive Director 108 Whiteberry Dr. Cary, NC 27519 866-728-0999

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