We are living in a Golden Age for astronomy, and Grinnell College offers its students a range of opportunities to experience the excitement of direct involvement in astronomical observation and investigation. The unusually sophisticated instrumentation at Grinnell's observatory supports activities ranging from casual visual observing to active astronomical research and allows students to do projects that are connected to topics of current interest, such as the expansion of the universe and the behavior of pulsars.
Grinnell is a liberal arts college that encourages students to explore a variety of academic areas as well as attain a high level of expertise in their major area of study. The observatory and the activities associated with it operate in a way that supports this goal: the resources are available to broaden the experience of students for whom science is a secondary interest, and the advanced instrumentation gives students who will pursue careers in physics or astronomy a chance to work with modern equipment, computers, and techniques. Because of the relatively small size of the college, the students at Grinnell work closely with faculty in classes, student projects, and research. Grinnell is unusual in offering students the resources to do work that is more sophisticated than is possible at most undergraduate institutions, while offering the close contact between faculty and students that is difficult to find at large, research-oriented universities.
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