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AU offers summer Astronomy Institute for high school students

Applications for the Astronomy Institute for High School Students are now being accepted for the summer 2011 program at Alfred University. This institute, for students grades 10-12, will run from Sunday, June 26- Thursday, June 30.

AU Physics Department Faculty conduct the institute program at the Stull Observatory on the AU campus. This facility has been judged to be one of the best teaching observatories in the country and is equipped with telescopes ranging from 8 to 32 inches in diameter as well as electronic detectors and support computers.

Some of the topics covered in the institute include astronomical basics, variable star photometry, asteroid astronomy and photometry, stellar evolution, galactic structure, black holes, cosmology, and solar flares.

The institute fee is $850 including a $100 deposit. This fee covers tuition, supervision, room and board, program materials, and recreational activities. Participants will live and dine together in campus dining and residence halls. When not in class, students will participate in supervised recreational activities.

Students who wish to apply should complete an application form available at Applications and deposits are due by Friday, April 15, 2011.

Alfred University is located in the safe, peaceful village of Alfred in Western New York State, where summer days are warm and nights are cool and comfortable. Surrounded by rolling hills and beautiful meadows and valleys, AU is the perfect place to spend an enjoyable week for a summer institute with other students.

For more information about the Astronomy Institute contact Melody McLay, director of summer programs at or call 607.871.2612.