DAWN IRES Scholars Program, NSF-funded

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!


  • NSF to fund the DAWN-IRES Scholar Program!
    The National Science Foundation recently announced the awarded International Research Experience for Students (IRES) programs, which includes the DAWN Scholars Program. We welcome applications from qualified undergraduate and graduate students with an anticipated deadline of February 1, 2019.  Check back here in March 2019, as we announce the first cohort of Dawn Scholars to travel […]
  • Meet the DAWN-IRES Scholars: Julia Tiller
    Can you tell me a little about yourself? My name Julia and I study physics at Texas A&M, currently in my junior year.  I grew up in Flowermound, Texas, a large suburban area with lots of big high schools. I grew up taking ballet and that is actually how I met my current research advisor […]
  • Meet the DAWN-IRES Scholars: Darren Stroupe
    Can you tell me a little about yourself? My name is Darren Stroupe and I am a post-baccalaureate at UNC Asheville, majoring in Physics and minoring in Astronomy & Mathematics.  I’ve been studying under Prof. Britt Lundgren for about 2 1/2 years now, researching Magnesium II absorbers in quasar spectra in the UltraVISTA extragalactic field. […]
Sam Cutler, UConn, Undergraduate Research, DAWN
UConn Junior Sam Cutler presents a poster showcasing the research he performed at DAWN in the summer of 2017 at the 231st meeting of the American Astronomical Society.

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