Keck Northeast Astronomy Consortium
The Keck Northeast Astronomy Consortium (KNAC) 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.
We were originally funded by the W. M. Keck Foundation beginning in 1990 and have been funded in the past by the National Science Foundation, under their Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program.
Consortium member schools
Summer undergraduate research experience
The application process for
Each summer KNAC faculty host undergraduate research interns, from within and outside of the consortium. 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. Applications for summer 2023 are due by February 10. The application will be open soon.
Student research symposium
Each fall students and faculty from the summer research undergraduate research experience and the member schools gather together for a student research symposium. The 2022 symposium was hosted by Wellesley College on September 30 and October 1.
Information from previous symposia: 2021 Haverford, 2020 Williams, 2019 Vassar, 2018 Middlebury, 2017 Colgate, 2016 Wesleyan, 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.
Information for students
- Faculty list
- Photo gallery
- List of past fellows
- NSF REU sites
- For students writing symposium papers, please follow these guidelines. Due date: September 2, 2022.
Information for KNAC faculty
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