Summer Undergraduate Research Program

The Summer Undergraduate Research Program hosted by CCAPP and the Department of Astronomy provides five Ohio State undergraduates with full-time, paid positions conducting astrophysics research with a faculty member in the Astronomy or Physics departments. It is a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience working at the front of line of science and, afterwards, to present final work at a symposium.

SURP is designed primarily for juniors interested in pursuing graduate studies in astrophysics. Participants typically have completed Astronomy 2291 and 2292 prior to beginning the program. We also encourage engineering students to apply who are interested in projects with our astronomical instrumentation group.


SURP participants must:

  • Be willing to work full time on research throughout the summer
  • Enroll in Astronomy 4194 during May session
  • Commit to completing an undergraduate thesis in astronomy and enroll in Astronomy 4999 the following academic year

Application process

To apply for SURP, send a cover letter with your contact information, your Ohio State advising report, and a 500-word essay on why you are interested in astrophysics research to:

Summer Undergraduate Research Program
Department of Astronomy
The Ohio State University
4055 McPherson Laboratory
140 W. 18th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210-1173

You can include in your essay whether you wish to pursue research in specific areas, and we will do our best to accommodate, though we make no guarantees. Participants will be notified following spring break.

For more information on summer undergraduate research at CCAPP, contact Lisa Colarosa, CCAPP project coordinator.