Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)


Magnetic Fields on Planetary to Cosmic Scales


Much of the research in the BU Astronomy Department focuses on cosmic magnetic fields, ranging in size from magnetic fields on the Earth and individual exoplanets to vast clusters of galaxies. Many BU astronomers answer similar questions and use similar techniques, though at vastly different scales. Topics for student projects will expose undergraduate researchers to magnetic field phenomena in the universe, and include areas such as solar physics, auroral and ionospheric physics, and heliospheric science, as well as magnetic fields on stars, exoplanets, blazars, and clusters of galaxies.

A list of potential summer projects can be found at this link.


Application Information

Participants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States. The positions are full-time for 10 weeks between June and August, with a preferred starting date in early June. Housing, a food allowance, a stipend of $500 per week, and funds to cover travel to and from Boston, MA are provided.

To Apply

  1. Please prepare a single PDF which includes the following:
    • A personal statement describing your past experience in astronomy and physics, your research interests, and why you are interested in this particular REU (1-2 pages)
    • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
    • A transcript (unofficial is sufficient) from your undergraduate institution
  1. Then fill out the REU Application Form and attach your PDF as instructed at the bottom of the form.
  2. Please also have 2 letters of recommendation sent to


Application Due Date:   February 1, 2017

Any questions can be sent directly to Merav Opher at