DAWN IRES Scholars Program, NSF-funded

August 2019: The DAWN-IRES Scholars Program Webpage has moved!

For more information about the program and future updates, please visit https://www.dawnires.com

The comprehensive scientific expertise assembled at the Cosmic Dawn Center of Excellence spans the full observational and theoretical realm of "cosmic dawn", or the time period within a few billion years of the Big Bang.  DAWN-IRES Scholars Program will grant students unique access to world class facilities such as the Hubble Space Telescope, the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA), and soon the James Webb Space Telescope. Joining the vibrant research atmosphere provided at the Niels Bohr Institute, students will be provided a once in a lifetime opportunity to perform research relevant to current open questions in astrophysics.  DAWN scholars will join a cohort of 7 students to enjoy a stimulating 10-week science program set in Copenhagen, Denmark.  The program builds in 1 week of vacation, encouraging participates to enjoy all that Europe has to offer on a student-friendly budget.  DAWN scholars will also attend the annual American Astronomical Society winter meeting to present their research findings.  Come join us at DAWN, as we explore the rich uncharted territory of the first stars, galaxies and black holes!

DAWN-IRES Scholars Program Hven
The DAWN-IRES Scholars at the annual DAWN Summit, visiting the Island of Hven where Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe (1546–1601) built two observatories, Uraniborg and Stjerneborg, during 1576–1596. Photo Credit: G. Brammer


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Contact Information

Phone: (860) 486-3259
Address: DAWN Scholars Program
Attn: K. Whitaker
Department of Physics
University of Connecticut
2152 Hillside Road
Storrs, CT 06269-3046