Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program: The
IfA expects to offer six research assistant positions for the summer of 2002.
These positions are funded through the National Science Foundation (NSF). This
program provides under-graduates considering a career in science with the opportunity
to engage in research with professional astronomers working on leading-edge
problems in astrophysics. REU students will be full-time research assistants
to a faculty mentor and will work on specific aspects of an ongoing research
program. For more information and an application, see the REU Web page, http://www.ifa.hawaii.edu/reu/.
The application deadline is January 21, 2002.
TOPS Teacher Enhancement Program: The goal of TOPS (Towards
Other Planetary Systems), which is sponsored by the NSF, is to initiate systemic
reform in science education in Hawaii by enabling science and math teachers
to teach astronomy in their classrooms. Teachers will participate in an intensive
three-week summer workshop held on O'ahu, and on the Big Island at the Hawaii
Preparatory Academy. Teachers learn basic astronomy content, participate in
hands-on activities using exemplary materials, begin to integrate state and
national science/ astronomy standards into their classrooms, and learn evaluation
and assessment techniques. In addition, a privately funded student component
of the program is available to local high school students interested in astronomy.
The program gives students opportunities to learn astronomy, engage in hands-on
activities, and find out what careers in astronomy and related sciences are
like. All participants will be exposed to the cutting-edge astronomy that is
being conducted in Hawaii. For more information and an application, see http://www.ifa.hawaii.edu/tops/.
The application deadline is January 15, 2002.