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Star Party

Star Party Time Again

Come join us at the Star Party on November 21, 2014 from 5:30pm until 9:30pm. There will be hands-on science exhibits for the kids from ACCHaoS, planetarium shows in Austin Planetarium's Discovery Dome, and a fossil and rock exhibit. Astronomy professor and department chair, Dr. Jim Heath will give an entertaining and informative a public talk on the discovery of Uranus and Neptune from 7:00 to 8:00pm At 8:00 pm, there will star-gazing from the observing deck. Fun for the whole family, and free! Brought to you by the Department of Physics, Astronomy, and Engineering, Austin Community College Hands-on Science (ACCHaoS), ACC Geology, and the Austin Planetarium.

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2015 Summer Term Internship/Fellowship Programs Now Accepting Applications

The Office of Science / Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications to its 2015 Summer Term internship/fellowship programs. These programs, which offer opportunities for direct engagement in scientific research and technology featuring specialized instrumentation; large-scale, multidisciplinary efforts; and/or scientific user facilities, are available for undergraduate students enrolled at community colleges and/or four-year institutions, and for visiting faculty. Selected students or faculty participate at one of 17 DOE Laboratories/Facilities, receive stipends, and may qualify for travel and housing assistance.

Applications for these competitive programs must be completed and submitted online by 5:00 PM ET on January 9, 2015(including all required application materials and recommendations). The 2015 Summer Term placements are for 10 weeks duration in a May to August time frame.

For more information, please click here.


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Circuits Class at Highland This Spring!

ENGR 2405 (Electrical Circuits) will be offered at the Highland campus for Spring 2015 semester. This 4 hour course for Engineering majors will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30-5:50pm (lecture and lab). For more information, check out the ACC course schedule.


Research Opportunities for Undergraduate Students in Physics

The Nucleus, a digital collection of information for Physics students, has a comprehensive listing of research experiences for undergraduate students in Physics. Many of these opportunities are open to freshman and sophomores. Check out this link for more information.

The Nucleus is maintained by the National Society of Physics Students.


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Society of Physics Students

The Austin Community College Society of Physics Students is a chapter of a national organization that is designed for students with an interest in physics. They meet several times a month to explore internship opportunities, discuss various physics topics, host guest speakers, plan field trips and experiments, and to enjoy the company of others who love physics.

Contact ACC SPS at, or visit their Facebook page at


Information and Resources for Students and Counselors

Looking for more information or resources? Visit the Resources and Information page.


Planning to Transfer to a Four-Year College?

Do you want to know how your ACC classes will transfer to some of the nearby colleges and universities? Transfer guides are available for:

ACC's Transfer Resources page is a good source of information about universities, degrees, course equivalencies and other resources. The University of Texas at Austin has a UT transfer guide for Austin Community College students.


Interested in Environmental Science or Geology?

Visit the Geology website at Check out Environmental Sciences and Technology at


Students are amazied by science!ACCHaoS

What is ACCHaoS? Check out our website at!

Coming soon to a school (or a Star Party!) near you.....



Updated: November 18, 2014