What Our Program Offers



Students work alongside faculty and postdoctoral advisors to complete a long-term research project. Each student's project culminates in a 10-minute presentation open to the CfA community, where they apply their research experience, their course material, and their public speaking training.

Practical Training

Beginning in the first week, students are exposed to Python programming and other useful skils that are helpful for graduate school but often are not part of formal curriculum.

Social Justice Education

A major goal of this program is to promote scientific excellence by remedying past exclusions and historical admissions practices. Students immerse themselves in readings relevant to the history of race and racism in the US, the nature of systemic racism, and other issues related to social justice. We believe these are crucial in arming students with the information and confidence they need to carry themselves through graduate school and on to faculty positions in astronomy.