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 2011 are listed below:

  • Characterizing Hemispherical Differences in GPS Total Electron Content
  • Methanol Masers as Probes of Shock Conditions
  • Solar Flares and Earth's Upper Atmosphere
  • Simulation of Propagation Effects in the Solar Corona in Support of Observation s from the MWA Prototype
  • Relationship Between Stratospheric and Ionospheric Disturbances
  • Implementation of a Low Cost GPS Synchronization Solution for Software Radar
  • GPU Accelerated Processing for VLBI Digital Backends
  • Parallel Processing and the Madrigal Database
  • Antenna and Amplifier Modeling for High-Accuracy Calibration of Radio Data
  • Ionospheric Radar Experiment Scenario Modeling

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 In recent years, their summer projects have been archived on the web.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 2011 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 2011.

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