Undergraduate Internships

2018 PARI Fellowships

PARI is currently accepting applications for our 2018 Fellowship Program.  PARI will award three scientific study experiences for undergraduates: The J. Donald Cline, Jo Cline and Jim Falls Fellowships (please see full descriptions below).  The Fellowships will offer students an opportunity to become a vital member of the team as they assist in key scientific study roles within the PARI organization. To apply, complete our online application by March 16, 2018. Please contact John Holloway at jholloway@nullpari.edu for additional details or questions.

2018 PARI Science Fellowships

An undergraduate student with a fellowship at PARI becomes part of the research team, contributing original studies in science, technology engineering, math, earth and environmental science, and photographic plate archiving.  In 2018, PARI is offering three science fellowships for undergraduates, although we may post additional opportunities by the end of February, 2018 on our website.  The fellowships are eight weeks and will occur in the months of May, June, July and August.  Any student may apply if they meet the following requirements: full-time rising sophomore, junior, or senior in the 2018-19 academic years; a US citizen; GPA of 3.0 or higher; a major or minor in physics, astronomy, engineering, technology, mathematics, earth science or science education.  Fellowships receive a $2500 stipend*, meal vouchers for PARI’s restaurant, plus room**.  Details for the internship positions are given below.

(* A minimum of 320 hours must be met for full stipend amount.)

(** PARI accommodations will include a shared room(s) with other Fellows on campus during their stay.)

For more information, contact:

John Holloway
Managing Director
Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute
One PARI Drive
Rosman, NC 28772
Office: 828-862-5554 Ext. 720
e-mail: jholloway@nullpari.edu

In addition to the research associated with each mission, the students also assist with high school summer resident education programs, including the Duke Talent Identification Program Summer Field Study in Astronomy, Physics, and Astrobiology. All students also assist with public outreach programs involving science education programs for all ages. Occasionally, students may be asked to perform tasks with the staff outside of their core field such as crowd control and parking during events, offloading a large shipment, representing PARI at an event or an exposition, and other such short-term tasks. Fellows’ weekly schedules and work hours will be determined by the mentor(s).

The three fellowships are in honor of the three people listed below (including additional requirements for each fellowship):

Donald Cline Fellowship: May 13 – July 6, 2018
Polaris Photometry Investigation – The Fellow will use an observational telescope to collect and store image data of the northern sky including Polaris. A dedicated telescope at PARI will image this area nightly for the numerous images needed for this process. The image data will be analyzed for magnitude of Polaris as compared to other stars in the field.  The Fellow will create a light curve of Polaris’s variations in magnitude over the 8 week period of the Fellowship term, write up the results of the analysis of the curve and build a poster for this process and analysis to be presented at the 223rd American Astronomical Society meeting to be presented in Seattle, Washington during January 6-10 2019. Air travel, food and hotel accommodations will be included.

Jo Cline Fellowship: May 29 – July 20, 2018
Scientific Instrument Interface Developer – this mission focuses on existing PARI instruments to include some if not all of the following: weather stations, lightning detectors, a geomagnetometer, a seismometer and possibly other systems. The goal is to understand the reporting and communication structure of these instruments and author programs to capture their data and store it so that it may be incorporated into a software package such as Excel. If time permits, the programs will also detect when instruments have stopped logging and will post a notification so the staff knows to attend to the instrument.

Jim Falls Fellowship: June 10 – August 3, 2018
Science Data Analyst – this mission utilizes PARI instruments and archived data. The student will learn the operation of weather stations, lightning detectors, a geomagnetometer, a seismometer and possibly other systems. Working with a PARI mentor and other students, the goal is to capture historic raw data and capture the data into a package such as Excel in a way that the data can be managed, manipulated, sorted, searched and graphed.

All Fellows must complete a report and poster for the North Carolina Astronomer’s Meeting in September (travel not provided). The J. Donald Cline Fellowship will also require an additional poster completed for the annual American Astronomical Society meeting (travel provided).

Of the missions listed above, three will be selected depending upon PARI’s needs and our ability to match our missions to applicant’s abilities.

Please note additional Summer internships will be posted in the upcoming months.  Stay connected with us on social media and pari.edu for upcoming details.