REACH (Research Experiences in Astronomy at CIERA for High School Students) is a highly interactive, 3-week program (with an optional 3-week extension) that provides high school students experience with astronomy research in an atmosphere of team-style learning, hands-on training, and mentorship from professional scientists.
Students enrolled in the program engage in astronomy research projects with CIERA astronomers. The program begins with an intensive introduction to necessary research skills, focusing on learning the Python programming language and gaining a background in astronomy. Students then undertake several week-long research projects built upon research actively being done at CIERA.
No prior experience with computer programming or Astronomy is needed, nor is it assumed.
A limited number of spots are also available for students wishing to pursue an additional 3-week independent research project under the supervision of a CIERA mentor.
The REACH program is dedicated to engaging students from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields, and so we particularly encourage such students to apply!
The REACH program is designed to run in-person during Summer 2023, though we will continue to monitor the state of the COVID-19 pandemic for unforeseen changes. Proof of vaccination against COVID-19 will be required for the in-person program.