Summer school on astronomical instrumentation for undergraduates and graduate students

Monday July 19th – Friday July 23rd, 2021

at UC Berkeley

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Overview of the summer school experience

Expect to spend full days (approximately 9 am – 5 pm) for 5 days (Monday – Friday) immersed in the experience of building an astronomical instrument. Throughout the week, participants in the AstroTech Summer School will spend the majority of their time working in teams, getting hands-on experience in an optics lab, and engaging in activities that build upon one another toward the goal of building and testing an astronomical spectrograph.  There are additional discussions and activities supporting professional skills and a career pathways networking session in instrumentation.  A preliminary agenda is available here.

More details on the summer school can be found on our FAQ page.

How to apply

For information on how to apply and to apply to AstroTech, please visit:

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact


Who should apply

We invite applications from students in any of the fields composing the astronomy instrumentation workforce: astronomy, engineering, physics, or computer science.  The summer school is designed for upper-level undergraduates (year 3+ in fall 2021 or recently completed undergrad degree) and early graduate students (masters or PhD students in year 1 or 2 of program).

A core goal of AstroTech is to help reverse the underrepresentation of people of color, women and gender minorities, people with disabilities, and other marginalized groups in astronomy instrumentation.  We especially encourage individuals from historically underrepresented groups to apply.  Applicants from all backgrounds should have an interest in making instrumentation more equitable and inclusive.  

For more information on selection criteria, see the “Application” section of our How to Apply page.

COVID-19 related modifications to the summer school

For information, please visit our COVID-19 info page:


Other Useful Information:

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Travel, Lodging, and Site Information

Program Costs

Instructors and Staff 

Participating Organizations (coming soon)

Important Dates

Fall 2020: Application opens!

January 21, 2021: Deadline to apply

Late February 2021: Applicants notified

July 18, 2021: Participants arrive

July 19 – 23, 2021: Summer School at UC Berkeley

July 24, 2021: Participants depart

Contact Us

Individuals with questions about AstroTech should contact AstroTech program staff –


AstroTech is funded by the Heising-Simons Foundation and by the National Science Foundation through the Keck All-Sky Precision Adaptive Optics (KAPA) project (AST #1836016).