Indiana University, Bloomington - Department of Astronomy

Indiana University, Bloomington - Department of Astronomy

727 East 3rd Street, Swain West 318, Bloomington, Indiana 47405, United States of America
Indiana University, Bloomington - Department of Astronomy
Indiana University, Bloomington - Department of Astronomy

Indiana University, Bloomington - Department of Astronomy

727 East 3rd Street, Swain West 318, Bloomington, Indiana 47405, United States of America

About

The Department of Astronomy at Indiana University Bloomington offers M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Astronomy, and, jointly with the Department of Physics, a Ph.D. degree in Astrophysics.

Our program emphasizes research on galaxies, stellar populations, the structure of the Milky Way, and the chemical evolution of stars and stellar systems. IU participates in the WIYN 3.5-m and 0.9-m telescope consortia, and students can apply for telescope time in their own names. IU is a leader in high performance computing, with free access to IU’s outstanding computing, visualization, and data storage facilities and professional staff. We are a small, friendly department where students get personalized attention and close interaction with faculty. We respect and support a wide range of career objectives for our students. Students are guaranteed financial support as long as they are making good academic progress. The Department offers travel support for observing and conferences, and students can get teaching experience to prepare for academic careers. Our professional development seminars help students learn the skills needed for success beyond grad school. Bloomington is a progressive, engaging city surrounded by state and national forests and state parks offering excellent opportunities for recreation. The city hosts strong international communities and we enjoy excellent, affordable restaurants. Public transportation is excellent, and the cost of living is relatively low. And our campus is among the most beautiful in the world.

Program Requirements

Master's:
M.A. degree requires 30 hours with a minimum GPA of 3.0. There is no specific residence requirement. A thesis may be required at the discretion of the faculty. A final oral examination covering work for the degree is also required.

Doctorate:
Ph.D. in Astronomy requires 90 hours with a minimum GPA of 3.0. There is no specific residency requirement, but the student must be continuously enrolled after admission to candidacy. The qualifying examination consists of a written examination (normally after the fourth semester). The requirements for the Ph.D. in Astrophysics include at least four physics courses not required by Ph.D. in Astronomy. Candidacy is attained by passage of written exams administered by the Physics Department and/or the Astronomy Department.
GRE Requirements: Required
Physics GRE Requirements: Not Required
TOEFL Requirements: Required

Description of your department culture

We are a small, friendly department with excellent opportunities. We provide full financial support for all students making good progress. Students use the WIYN 3.5-m and 0.9-m telescopes for research and have successfully obtained telescope time with Gemini, MMT, Magellan, KPNO, CTIO, CARMA, and Spitzer.

Students are engaged in research projects with faculty within their first year. There are numerous opportunities for students to share their research within the department, including a weekly lunch talk series and department-wide group meetings. Students present their work at AAS meetings and topical national and international meetings. Students are engaged in outreach, including running weekly open houses with our historic 12-inch telescope. Students also have the opportunity to teach their own introductory astronomy courses during the summer term. Our department has a strong commitment to diversity. In addition to an active women-in-science program on campus, our department has the highest female-to-male faculty ratio in the discipline.