Neutron Star Merger Seen in Gravity and Matter This visualization shows the coalescence of two orbiting neutron stars. The right panel contains a visualization of the matter of the neutron stars.The left panel shows how space-time is distorted near the collisions. Credit: Karan Jani/Georgia Tech

International Physics & Astronomy Educator Program

ALERT! Applications for the Summer 2019 IPA will open on November 1st and close on January 31st.  Next year's program will run from July 14 to July 20th, 2019.

LIGO's International Physics and Astronomy (IPA) program for educators exciting one week intensive program geared towards high school educators from around the world. Based at the LIGO Hanford Observatory, the IPA offers participants opportunities to discuss with and hear from experts in modern physics and astronomy, tour sites of historic and scientific interest, and engage in classroom activities. Topics range from nuclear physics to the emerging fields of gravitational wave and multi-messenger astronomy. The intent of the IPA is to promote the teaching of modern physics in high schools by providing teachers with the opportunity to deepen their physics knowledge and fuel their passion for physics in an environment where teachers from around the world can exchange knowledge and experience.

The 2019 IPA program will be held at the LIGO Hanford Observatory in eastern Washington State, Sunday, July 14 to Saturday, July 20. Participants are expected to attend the entire program.

Since the IPA is offered in English, applicants should be fluent in speaking and writing the English language.

Program Cost

The fee for the program is $300, which is a small fraction of the full program cost. The fee helps cover attendee accommodations, meals and transportation to and from the LIGO site. Remaining costs are covered by LIGO and other supporters.

Travel Cost

Participants are responsible for arranging and paying for their travel to and from the Tri-Cities, WA. For those flying in for the program, ground transportation to and from the Pasco, WA airport will be provided by LIGO.

Important Dates

  • November 1, 2018 - Applications open
  • January 31, 2019 - Applications close
  • March 1, 2019 - Successful applicants notified
  • April 1, 2019 - Intent to attend due (including payment)
  • July 14-20 - 2019 Program Dates

Application Form

Applications for the 2019 program will open on November 1st, 2018. Bookmark this page if you intend to apply!