REU Site: Life in the Universe - Astrobioloigy at the SETI Institute

Grant #: AST-0852095
Senior Scientist: Cynthia Phillips

The SETI Institute (SI) proposes a renewed REU site with a focus on astrobiology, the study of the living universe. Astrobiology is cross-disciplinary, ranging from astronomy and astrophysics to planetary sciences life sciences, geology, and chemistry to explore the universe. The SI is a non-profit research institute, with two scientific divisions and a robust education and outreach division. The Bernard M. Oliver Center for SETI Research focuses on the search for intelligent life in the universe, while the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe focuses on the search for life in the solar system and beyond. REU students will be partnered with scientists to conduct a broad range of research projects at facilities available onsite and nearby at the NASA Ames Research Center. SI is a leading astrobiology research organization as noted by the National Research Council in "Life in the Universe: An Examination of United States and International Programs in Astrobiology."