The Research Experiences in Astronomy at CIERA for High School students provided an interactive, hands-on astronomy research experience for high school students remotely this summer, hosting 23 students from July – August 13.
The program almost doubled in size this year, featuring an entirely new structure that allowed more students to benefit from an atmosphere of team-based learning alongside mentorship from Northwestern faculty, researchers, and student astronomers. Participants took computer programming classes, listened to astronomy lectures on cutting-edge research, and tackled advanced readings.
The program this year was an evolution inspired by previous years successes, and featured 2 three-week sessions that focused on Python and astronomy mini-projects guided by CIERA staff. An additional three-week extended research session was offered to a subset of the students, and provided the students who took part the opportunity to embark on an individual research project under the close supervision and mentorship of CIERA graduate students, postdocs, and faculty.
The continued growth of REACH and the expanding student population it benefits would not be possible without the help of the CIERA community or the hard work of the students themselves. Congratulations to all of the students that participated in the summer program and thank you to all who worked to make this experience possible!
Learn more about the Research Experiences in Astronomy at CIERA for High School students summer program.