Cool Stuff: Telescopes

Florida Tech Ortega TelescopeSitting high in the center dome of the F.W. Olin Physical Sciences Building is the 0.8-meter (32-inch) Ortega Telescope, the largest research telescope in Florida.

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Internship & Research Opportunities

In preparation for an astrobiology career, Florida Tech students often take part in internships with local and national companies. Some of these companies include:

  • NASA
  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
  • Sandia National Labs
  • American Institute of Physics

These internship opportunities allow our students to gather the necessary experience to put them ahead of the competition when searching for an astrobiology career.

Florida Tech also hosts the SARA Research Experience for Undergraduates program, a summer internship program sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense.

Research Opportunities

Florida Tech astrobiology students have the opportunity to utilize our on-campus 0.8m Ortega telescope, the largest research grade telescope in Florida. Students observe extrasolar planets and other cosmic phenomena. Research activities involve such study as measuring the adhesion properties of dust grains to understand the important processes in the formation of plants, and the effects of cosmic radiation on the human body. Collaboration with faculty in the biology department involves the study of the effects of the space environment on long-term missions involving humans. NASA's Space Academy also frequently admits our astrobiology students to take part in exciting training and research. These types of hands-on experiences give students a real-world view of an astrobiology career.

Join Club and Organizations to Enhance Your Astrobiology Degree

Astrobiology students can meet friends, explore interests and hone their professional skills as members of:

  • Students for the Exploration and Development of Space
  • Society of Physics Students
  • Sigma Pi Sigma (national physics honor society)
  • Student Astronomical Society
  • Tri Beta (national biological sciences honor society)

These clubs give students the chance to network with other people interested in space and the sciences, allowing for opportunities to make the connections that can help kick start an astrobiology career.