CIERA’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program provides students with the chance to pursue an astrophysics-based interdisciplinary research project in collaboration with Northwestern faculty. This year, 8 students were selected and funded by the NSF. Additional funding from the LSSTC, Illinois Space Grant, and faculty grants enabled a total of 15 exceptional students to spend their summer working with CIERA researchers, and learning technical skills that will serve them in their future academic and professional lives.
On August 23, 2018, these students presented at the REU program’s final poster session at Northwestern. Every year, the poster session serves as an opportunity for REU students to share their hard work with peers and faculty from many different departments, as well as provides them with a chance to practice public speaking before traveling to give presentations to the public at the Adler Planetarium—which they did this year on August 24th. Some of the REU students will also participate in the 233rd Meeting American Astronomical Society, taking place in January 2019.
Congratulations to these talented students on all they accomplished this summer!