Interested in Astronomy Research Experience? Apply for ENCANTO!Application deadline: September 15, 2022
Enhancing and Nurturing Careers in Astronomy with New Training Opportunities (ENCANTO) - a year long research/educational program dedicated to the promotion of astronomy and astronomy career paths among students from UCF/Puerto Rican Universities by matching students up with mentors from fields they are interested in and assisting them in building basic astronomy skills and research experience.
Applications are now closed!!
Undergraduate physics or engineering students from any university in Puerto Rico or UCF, Orlando, are encouraged to apply for the program. Preference will be given to final year students. To apply for the program visit www.naic.edu/ao/encanto/apply.
For information about the research projects, click on the following link
ENCANTO is a new partnership to recruit and expand the number of underrepresented students in Puerto Rico and Central Florida in Astrophysics by involving them in an intense research training and educational program and provide them guidance to a path to graduate programs.
The partners are the Arecibo Observatory (AO), the University of Puerto Rico, the University of Central Florida, and the InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico. Students will participate in cutting edge collaborative research in galactic and extragalactic astronomy, astrochemistry, heliospheric physics and planetary science. The research projects offered make use of the observing facilities and archival data at AO and fall under the priority areas identified by Astro 2020. The selected final year undergraduate students will choose a research project from a wide range of projects offered by ENCANTO.
Each student will participate in the research during one academic year and then will join a 10 week long summer program at AO where they will continue working on the same research project.
A unique feature of ENCANTO is that the student will have the opportunity to work year long on a research project under the mentorship of both professors from universities and scientists from AO allowing them to go in depth on the project and take it to an advanced stage possibly even a publication. The partnership will have regular virtual meetings for the students to interact, which helps them to work together as a close-knit group of peers. The students will be provided stipend throughout the program and travel and housing expenses during summer. During the program, they will undertake an advanced course in Radio Astronomy, have opportunity for hands-on observing experience with the 12m telescope at AO, visit the Green Bank Observatory, participate in a one day graduate mentoring workshop and a three days partnership meeting at AO as well as attend virtual AO/UCF seminar series. The partners of ENCANTO are uniquely qualified for the task of improving minority access to astrophysics research because of their expertise in mentoring students with diverse backgrounds.
The University of Puerto Rico - Rio Piedras
The University of Puerto Rico - Arecibo
The University of Puerto Rico - Humacao
The University of Central Florida:
The InterAmerican University, Bayamon: