University of Arkansas

REU in Astronomy, Space and Planetary Sciences

Summer Research Internships for Undergraduates with the Arkansas Center for Space and Planetary Sciences, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.


  1. The Application deadline is March 3rd, 2014 for full consideration. All required material must arrive by March 5th. 
  2. The program starts Sunday, May 18th and ends on Friday, July 25th, 2014.  

The Arkansas Center for Space and Planetary Sciences sponsors a summer research program for undergraduate science and engineering majors.  Students in astronomy, chemistry, physics, biology, geosciences, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and chemical engineering are especially encouraged to apply.  In this ten week program, students will carry out research in the Center in one of the following areas:

  • Astrobiology
  • Astrophysics and astronomy
  • Mission design engineering
  • CubeSat engineering 
  • Planetary geochemistry
  • Planetary geology and geophysics

Participants will receive a stipend in the amount of $5000 for the 10 weeks plus $500 in travel funds for travel to and from the site.  Additional funds for on-campus housing and a meal allowance are also provided.  In order to enhance the cohort experience, all participants are expected to live in on-campus housing. 

In addition, $500 in travel support will be allotted for each participant to attend a national or regional conference during the academic year following the period of summer research.  To complement their research experience, participants will engage in a weekly seminar program and several field trips including a visit to the NASA's Johnson Space Center (expenses paid by program).  The program will end with a meeting during the final week of the program at which participants will present the results of their summer projects. 

Application details

First: Apply Online, taking care to complete the essay sections. 

Then send the following to Dr. Julia Kennefick at the address below: 

  • Official transcript
  • Two letters of reference
  • Resume

Please send your materials (or have them sent) to:

Official Mailing Address:    Attn: Dr. Julia Kennefick, Director
                                             Arkansas Space Center REU Program
                                             226 Physics Building
                                             University of Arkansas 
                                              Fayetteville, AR 72701 

For more information:         Email:     
                                             Phone: 479-575-5916     
                                             Fax: 479-575-4580

NOTE:  Applications and all materials should be received before March 5th, for full consideration.  Positions will be filled starting in early April.  The Arkansas Center for Space and Planetary Sciences has about 10 positions for undergraduate students who wish to spend the summer doing research with one of the Center's faculty members.  Positions must be held at the University of Arkansas.

To view past REU participants and their work, click here.

To view highlights of past and present REU events, click here.

Arkansas Center for Space and Planetary Sciences
Stone House North, room F50
346 N. Arkansas Ave.
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701, USA
Tel. 479-575-7625 Fax. 479-575-7778