An undergraduate student with an internship at PARI becomes part of the research team, contributing original studies in science, technology, engineering, or math. Undergraduate interns are provided housing on the PARI campus, meals during onsite high school programs and a stipend of $2,500.
PARI typically offers five summer research experiences for undergraduates (REU) internships. The internships begin during the first week of June and last eight weeks. Applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Full time rising sophomore, junior, or senior
- US citizen
- GPA of 3.0 or higher
- A major or minor in the physical sciences including physics, astronomy, engineering, technology, mathematics, or in the life sciences including biology, environmental science, or ecology, or science education.
The 2016 summer interns were Sean Kirwan, Guilford Technical Community College (Don Cline Intern); Colleen Lemmers, UNC-Greensboro (Janet Parks Intern); Ben Saettel, Brevard College (Chip Parks Intern); Becky Gaskins, University of Alabama (Jo Cline Intern); Dan Hill, UNC- Greensboro (EMC Intern). Their summer research projects involved instrumentation controls for the 12m radio telescope, solar eclipse telescopes, earth science (stream quality), Exhibit Gallery master planning and IT infrastructure. The interns also assisted with high school summer resident programs and are presenting their research findings at selected scientific conferences during the current school year.
A graduate student may find the PARI campus well-suited for thesis work in astronomy, atmospheric physics, earth sciences, biology and environmental science. Information provided for visiting scientists regarding research opportunities, facilities and instruments is also applicable to graduate students and their advisors.