Elaine P. Snowden Astronomy School

Thank you for your interest in the Elaine P. Snowden Astronomy School.

Applications to our 2019 session are now closed. Students will be notified of the outcome of their applications by Thursday 14 March.

Successful applicants must accept the offer of a place no later than Monday 18 March.


The Elaine P. Snowden Astronomy School is a five-day event for Year 13 students interested in studying Astronomy or Physics at university. The programme runs from 13-17 April and students will spend time at both the University of Canterbury's Ilam Campus and at Mt John Observatory in Tekapo.

We will travel to Mt John Observatory at Tekapo where we will explore our cosmic neighbourhood with modern astronomical instruments. Back on campus at the University of Canterbury we will talk about the universe past, present and future, the life cycles of stars, planet exploration, extraterrestrial life and more. The programme will contain a mix of seminars and practical work.


Thanks to a generous donation from a private sponsor, the Elaine P. Snowden Astronomy School is offered free of charge.

Accommodation, meals, transport during the camp and materials are provided. It is recommended that students bring along additional spending money for any snacks, souvenirs and the like.


Students will be provided with accommodation on Saturday 13 April and Sunday 14 April in Tekapo.

From Monday 15 April to Wednesday 17 April students will stay in the Rochester and Rutherford Halls of residence, located across the road from the University of Canterbury.


As the University of Canterbury is responsible for the health and safety of the participants, students may not travel off campus or away from the group unless accompanied by a postgraduate student or staff member.

All students must follow any rules and instructions given to them by designated staff and postgraduate students.


Transport to the University of Canterbury should be arranged so participants can arrive in time to register before 12:00pm on Saturday 13 April. Students will be free to leave by 1:00pm on Wednesday 17 April.

We will arrange flight bookings for those successful applicants who are from out of town.

All travel and accommodation arrangements will be confirmed with successful applicants. Airport pick-ups will be arranged in groups.


For further information and enquiries please contact:

Aimee Claassens
Outreach and Events Coordinator
Phone: +64 3 369 0652
Email: scienceoutreach@canterbury.ac.nz

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