Astronomy High School Institute
*The event has already taken place on this date: Thu, 07/23/2020
Cost of Camp: $930 Residential; $775 Commuters. $100 deposit required. Registration opens February 1, 2020.
We will be using CampDoc for our online registration system. We are again partnering with CampDoc (an online registration program) to better serve our campers and staff. CampDoc offers online registration and an electronic health record system for campers. The CampDoc site is secure, encrypted and password protected. Only Alfred University Summer Health Staff will have access to camper health information.
To gain access to our online application, please go to our website at https://www.alfred.edu/about/community/summer-camps/residential-camps/academic-camps/astronomy.cfm
This co-ed, overnight summer camp is designed for campers entering grades 11-12 who love astronomy and want to spend time learning more about this fascinating subject with others who share their passion.
When not in class, campers enjoy planned activities on campus as well as free time for relaxation. Living, dining and learning together provides campers ample opportunity to get to know each other and develop lasting friendships. The emphasis is on having fun and enjoying our beautiful natural surroundings while learning!
With our dynamic, engaging, talented and caring faculty; terrific facilities; and lovely campus, the Alfred University Astronomy Camp could make this your best summer ever!
This popular program is directed and taught by the Alfred University Physics and Astronomy faculty, all recognized experts in their fields, plus by PhD-holding experts from other programs. Recent areas of expertise represented at the institute include variable stars, asteroids, solar activity, quantum and gravitational science, fluid dynamics, extra-solar planets and planetary science.
The program is conducted in the AU Science Center and at the Stull Observatory on the Alfred University Campus. This facility has been judged to be one of the best teaching observatories in the country, and is equipped with telescopes ranging from 8 to 32 inches in diameter as well as electronic detectors and support computers.
The number of campers is kept small (40) to allow for individualized attention and optimal use of the observatory's telescopes and other equipment.
Campers enjoy a mix of night and daytime activities involving extensive use of the observatory's telescopes and electronics. Camp sessions will cover topics such as:
- Astronomical Basics - Sky motions, telescope construction and use, electronic imaging
- Variable Star Photometry - measurements of fluctuations in brightness of stars undergoing violent processes
- Asteroid Astrometry and Photometry - Measurement of the positions and motions of asteroids, including those which pass close to the Earth
- Astronomical Imaging of Nebulae, Clusters and Galaxies
- Observation and Analysis of Solar Activity
- Imaging and Lunar/Solar System Studies
- Lunar and Planetary Science
- Solar Flares
- Stellar Evolution
- CCD Imaging
- Galactic Structure
- Special Relativity
- Black Holes
Campers must arrive between 2:00 and 4:00 PM on Sunday for registration and will leave after lunch on Thursday. During the week they will attend classes during the day and have fun participating in planned recreational activities on and off campus in the evening.
Further information, including a detailed program schedule and driving directions to campus, will be sent to all students upon acceptance. Note: while the weather in Alfred in July is usually very good, we cannot guarantee clear skies and there will be no refunds due to weather conditions.
Tuition, Room and Board:
$930 ($775 for commuters) - $100.00 deposit required.
This covers tuition, supervision, materials, room and board from dinner on the first day through lunch on the last day and recreational activities. The deposit must be submitted with the application (deadline May 1). The $100.00 deposit is required to be paid by the May 1, 2020 deadline to be considered for this program. Remaining balance is due by June 1.
Financial aid is available for this camp. Learn more in the section below.
How to Apply:
The online application deadline is May 1. To apply, you must complete and submit the online registration form (We support the current and previous major releases of Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, and Safari on a rolling basis.).
Along with the application, campers must also submit:
- $100 deposit (paid on online application form)
- A one-page essay telling us why you would like to attend (in your own words and signed)
- ALSO - If you are applying for the scholarship (see above "Financial Aid), this essay must be received at the time of the application submission
*Times, dates, and prices of any activity posted to our calendars are subject to change. Please be sure to click through directly to the organization’s website to verify.