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AstroTech Summer School: Advancing Astronomy Instrument Builders

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Academic Level:
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Undergraduates - Junior
Undergraduates - Senior
Graduate Students (Masters)
Graduate Students (PhD)

AstroTech is a 1-week summer school on astronomical instrumentation for undergraduates and graduate students interested in a career in instrumentation.

Held at University of California, Berkeley, AstroTech participants spend five full days immersed in the experience of building an astronomical instrument and become part of a community committed to excellence, equity, and inclusion.

AstroTech will be taught by a team of instructors from across the U.S. who work in instrumentation and have an interest in making instrumentation more inclusive. There will be many opportunities, including informal social time, to get to know the instructors and become part of the AstroTech community.

A core goal of AstroTech is to help reverse the underrepresentation of people of color, women and gender minorities, and other marginalized groups in astronomy instrumentation. We especially encourage individuals from historically underrepresented groups to apply.

Designed for upper-level undergraduate students and early graduate students in astronomy, engineering, physics, or computer science. Participants will gain skills, knowledge, and mindset to advance in the field of instrumentation, including:

Designing, building, and testing an astronomical instrument,

Practicing inclusive teamwork,

Learning about careers in instrumentation,

Networking with people from telescopes, universities, and companies across the U.S.

AstroTech is funded by a generous grant from the Heising-Simons Foundation, allowing us to offer it for free to all accepted participants. AstroTech is offered through the Institute for Scientist & Engineer Educators (ISEE) and University of California, Berkeley and is a UC and Keck Observatory collaboration.
accepts non-us citizens

Participating Institution(s):
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University of California, Santa Cruz (Lead)
University of California, Berkeley
University of California Observatories
W. M. Keck Observatory

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Astronomy & Astrophysics
Computer & Electrical Engineering
Materials Science & Engineering
Optics & Photonics

Applied Physics
Instrumentation Development

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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)

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