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

Each summer KNAC faculty host undergraduate research interns, from within and outside of the consortium, as part of our NSF/REU program. These out-of-consortium spots are intended for students from schools where there are few 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.

The REU program runs for 10 weeks, with the start date determined by each individual faculty member. Stipends and housing allowances total approximately $4000 per student with small variations depending on the local rate at each host school. Further information is available.

Students participating in the REU program are required to present their work at the Fall Student Research Symposium. Because the symposium facilitates interactions between students and faculty from the various schools, home-institution faculty advisors of applicants from non-consortium schools are encouraged to contact Prof. Karen Kwitter at Williams College (Karen.B.Kwitter -at- williams.edu) for information about the summer exchange program. The consortium will pay travel expenses for the fall symposium for both the research student and home-institution faculty advisors.

The application process for summer 2014 is now closed. The deadline for the summer program is usually the first week of February. Application information for 2015 will be posted here by early December 2014.


Student research symposium

Each Fall, students and faculty from the REU program and the member schools gather together for a Student Research Symposium. The 2014 symposium will be held at Swarthmore College this fall, on November 7-8. Students who did research over the summer will give talks on their research. Student presenters write papers that are published in the proceedings of the symposium, and these students should consult the guidelines for paper writing.

Information about previous symposia [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-1005024. 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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