Northwestern’s Astronomy Research Center
Over the past decade, astronomy research and education at Northwestern University has undergone an incredible transformation. The Center for Interdisciplinary Education & Research in Astrophysics (CIERA) leads in astrophysics theory, observation, and data science, but we’re so much more! We train and empower the next generation of scientists, we’re growing our programs in K-12 STEM education, and we cultivate the public’s enthusiasm for astronomy with our outreach initiatives.
CIERA helps answer the most exciting mysteries in astrophysics by leading research in theoretical, computational, and observational astronomy, and in developing cutting-edge instruments.
Interdisciplinary collaboration in high performance computing, machine learning, and big data connects CIERA’s work in astronomy to other fields: engineering, statistics, planetary science and more.
STEM Education & Outreach
CIERA’s programs support teachers & classrooms, providing students from middle school to college with skills in data analysis & research, and our popular public events enrich communities.
Developing the Next Generation
Our researchers focus on preparing the next generation of scientists to be leaders in their field, empowering women & minorities, and achieving at all levels.