Position Available




The Lake Afton Public Observatory offers programs for the general public on weekend evenings and school classes during the week. During each program, visitors observe three or four astronomical objects that have been selected as part of a common theme. For example in a program on stellar life, we observe: a cloud of gas and dust which is forming new stars, an open star cluster which represents that cloud after all the gas and dust has formed stars, a contrast binary star as we discuss the colors and temperatures of stars, and finally a dying star. There is also a small museum area at the Observatory with a number of astronomy-related hands-on exhibits.

The student assistant will present astronomy programs to the public and school groups; assist with preparation and design of Observatory programs, exhibits, school materials; along with some office work and routine maintenance. Since the Observatory is housed within the Fairmount Center for Science and Mathematics Education, there will also be some Center related duties. (Additional information about the Observatory can be found at: webs.wichita.edu/lapo and about the Fairmount Center at: webs.wichita.edu/facsme .)

Requirements: Current WSU enrollment, an interest in astronomy, and reliable transportation (since the Observatory is 25 miles from campus). Experience relating science to the public is desirable. Twenty hours per week, with some evenings.

For additional information or an application contact Greg Novacek at 978-3854 or stop by room 046 Jabara Hall.  Applications are also available here:

Student Assistant Application (pdf)

Student Assistant Application (Word)

Completed applications can be e-mailed to: greg.novacek@wichita.edu with the phrase Student Assistant Application in the subject line.