Program Details

Nine community college students will be selected to participate in this National Science Foundation-sponsored 10-week REU program from June 6 - August 12, 2016.

Participants will:

Collaborate on a research project with faculty mentors, graduate students and other REU students

Develop in-demand communication skills by giving research presentations and writing scientific papers

Receive a $5,000 stipend, free housing on campus and travel support to and from Commerce, Texas

Participate in field trips to Texas businesses, research institutions and the McDonald Observatory in west Texas

Remotely access state-of-the-art telescopes, including the SARA (Southeastern Association for Research in Astronomy) 0.9-m telescope located at Kitt Peak National Observatory outside Tucson, Arizona, the SARA 0.6-m telescope located in Chile and several smaller telescopes at the Texas A&M University-Commerce observatory.

Preliminary Schedule