Summer school on astronomical instrumentation for undergraduates and graduate students.

August 8 – 12, 2022
University of California, Berkeley

Instructors and Staff Bios

Career Pathways Roundtable Bios

Participating Organizations


Deadline to apply: January 20, 2022

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Overview of the summer school experience

AstroTech participants will spend five full days immersed in the experience of building an astronomical instrument. Throughout the week, participants in the AstroTech Summer School will work in teams, gaining hands-on experience in an optics lab, and getting guidance from a team of instructors who work in instrumentation. Participants will be able to pursue different areas, based on their interests, including opto-mechanics, detectors, calibration hardware, electronics, or software. Daily activities will build upon one another toward the goal of building and testing an astronomical spectrograph as a team. Throughout the week there will be sessions focused on working effectively and inclusively on a team, with an opportunity to put what is learned into practice on teams working together during AstroTech. In addition there will be sessions supporting professional skills and a career pathways networking session which will include people from academia, industry, and government who work in instrumentation.  View last year’s AstroTech 2021 agenda here.

AstroTech will be taught by a team of instructors from across the U.S. who work in instrumentation and have an interest in making instrumentation more inclusive. There will be many opportunities, including informal social time, to get to know the instructors and become part of the AstroTech community.

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.  

To be eligible for the summer school, applicants must be studying or working in the United States (including Alaska, Hawaii, and U.S. territories). U.S. citizenship is not required.

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:


Important Dates

Fall 2021: Application opens!

January 20, 2022: Deadline to apply

Early March 2022: Applicants notified

August 7, 2022: Participants arrive at UC Berkeley

August 8 – 12, 2022: Summer School at UC Berkeley

August 13, 2022: 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).