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Gravitational Waves and Multimessenger Astrophysics

About the Camp

Come join us in exploring some of the most extreme objects in our universe! In this 3-day camp, you will get to work directly with researchers in Physics and Astronomy who wake up every day to answer a mind-bending question: What happens when stars collide? Not only will you learn how to use gravitational wave astronomy to detect and characterize black holes and neutron stars, you will also get hands-on experience with data analysis tools and methods including high performance computing and machine learning. A short application is available below and is due by March 27, 2023. Registration is free for accepted applicants, but only a limited number of spots are available. Please note: This camp will have a separate registration occurring after applications are accepted. Please reach out to us at with any questions, or if you would prefer to receive the application information via email.   



Date: June 20-22, 2023

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location: University Park

Grades:  Entering grades 9-12 in the Fall of 2023

Camp fees and registration:

This camp will be free to students who complete an application and who are accepted by the selection committee. Download the application linked above and follow these directions to complete the fillable PDF: 


1. Download and Install Adobe Reader Software if your computer doesn't have it. Adobe Acrobat Reader is available for free and can be downloaded from . Follow the instructions from Adobe to properly install the software.

2. Save the forms to your computer. Open the attached PDF document and select the “Download” or “Save” icon. You might be given the opportunity to choose where to save your PDF form. If you are not able to choose the folder location, it will be saved to your "Downloads" folder.

3. Open the Form and complete it. Locate the PDF file you saved in the last step in Windows and double click it to open. When the form is open, proceed to fill it out as required.

4. Save the PDF Form with the ​participant's name in the title. When the PDF form is complete, save it as a new document with your child's name in the title. (example: GravWaves_Participant Name).  At this point you can attach the completed and saved document to an email and send it back for submission.  


Contact us via email at or give us a call at (814) 865-0083.

 Office of Science Outreach, 201 Ritenour Building, University Park, PA 16802

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