Haystack Observatory, located 40 miles northwest of Boston, is a research center engaged in radio astronomy, geodesy, atmospheric science, and instrumentation development for radiometry, interferometry, and radar systems. The Observatory instrumentation consists of several large radio and optical telescopes and radar systems, all equipped with sophisticated digital control and data processing systems.

Projects in astronomy, atmospheric sciences and engineering proposed for summer 2013 are listed below:

  • Climate Change in the Upper Atmosphere
  • Observing Black Holes with the Event Horizon Telescope
  • Ionospheric Variations at Mid-Latitude During Sudden Stratospheric Warmings
  • Passive Radar Imaging of Meteor Trails
  • Study of Ionospheric Total Electron Content for Broadband Geodetic VLBI Fringe Fitting Models
  • Development of a Low Cost Spectrometer for the Small Radio Telescope (SRT), Very Small Radio Telescope (VSRT), and Ozone spectrometer
  • Solar Power for a Deployable Radio Array

Students majoring in Astronomy, Space Physics, Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and several other fields have enjoyed working in this REU program over the past two decades. In recent years, their summer projects have been archived on the web.

See Information on the 2013 REU Program or our REU application packet for specific details about this year's program. For further information please contact or call 781-981-5400. Also check out the MIT Haystack Observatory's web pages for particulars on the various projects underway at Haystack.

Support for the Haystack REU program is provided by the National Science Foundation through the Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program. The National Science Foundation, which sponsors this program, requires U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Residency to qualify for positions supported under the REU Program. Undergraduate students eligible for this program must not have graduated prior to the start of the summer internship in June 2013.

M.I.T. is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.