Keck Northeast Astronomy Consortium

The Keck Northeast Astronomy Consortium comprises astronomy faculty and students at eight small liberal arts colleges and universities in the northeast. Our goals are to promote astronomy research among our students and to foster faculty and student interaction among the eight campuses. We sponsor a student exchange program each summer and a student research symposium each fall.

Although originally funded by the W. M. Keck Foundation beginning in 1990, we are now funded by the National Science Foundation, under their Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program.

Consortium member schools

Colgate University

Middlebury College

Vassar College

Wesleyan University

Haverford College

Swarthmore College

Wellesley College

Williams College

REU summer research program



The application process for the summer 2018 REU program is now closed.

Each summer KNAC faculty host undergraduate research interns, from within and outside of the consortium, as part of our NSF/REU program. The out-of-consortium spots are intended for students who have few other opportunities for astronomy research participation.

Information about the types of research projects carried out in the consortium can be found on the webpages of individual faculty and there's also information available about the application process.

Student research symposium

Each fall students and faculty from the REU program and the member schools gather together for a student research symposium. The fall 2017 symposium was held at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York on October 20 and 21. Information for attendees is available.

The fall 2016 symposium was held at Wesleyan University on October 14 and 15. Information about the symposium is available. As are the symposium schedule, program (talks and posters), and the slides from the presentations in each breakout session.

Information from previous symposia: 2015 Williams, 2014 Swarthmore, 2013 Vassar, 2012 Middlebury, 2011 Wellesley, 2010 Colgate, 2009 Swarthmore, 2008 Wesleyan, 2007 Williams, 2006 Vassar, 2005 Middlebury, 2004 Colgate.

Research activities of KNAC students and faculty

Our members are active in many fields of astrophysical research. We have a listing of papers published by students under the auspices of our NSF grant.

Information for students

Information for KNAC faculty

This material is based in part upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. AST-1559865. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

Partial support for this work was provided by the U.S. Department of Defense's Awards to Stimulate and Support Undergraduate Research Education (ASSURE) program in collaboration with the National Science Foundation's Research Experiences for Undergraduates program.

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