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Centers & Institutes

The Astronomy Department is associated with several research centers and institutes, which bring together researchers from a wide range of disciplines. 

eScience Institute

The eScience Institute is the hub of data-intensive discovery on campus. Their mission is to lead a community of innovators in the techniques, technologies, and best practices of data science and the fields that depend on them. The eScience Institute is located on the 6th floor of our building, and hosts many programs and events that our department participates in.

Astrobiology Program (UWAB)

The UW Astrobiology Program brings together faculty and students from eight different departments, and engages in cutting edge research on life in the cosmos. UWAB offers an interdisciplinary dual-title PhD program, and graduate certificate program, and organizes many outreach events and research seminars.

Institute for Data Intensive Research in Astrophysics and Cosmology (DiRAC)

The DiRAC Institute’s mission is to build the world’s most advanced datasets, algorithms, and tools and use them to explore and understand the universe. This group includes faculty, research staff, and students focused on data-intensive research in all areas of astronomy, with particular emphasis on areas including solar system, time domain, and the LSST.