LIGO International Teacher Program

International Physics & Astronomy Program for Educators

LIGO's International Physics and Astronomy (IPA) program for educators is an exciting one week intensive program geared towards high school educators from around the world. Based at the LIGO Hanford Observatory, the IPA program 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 2018 IPA program will be held at the LIGO Hanford Observatory in  southeastern Washington State, Sunday, July 15- Saturday, July 21. Participants are expected to attend the entire program.


  • The IPA program is only offered in English. Applicants are expected to be fluent in speaking and writing the English language.

  • Special attention is paid to those applicants who have a plan to share the knowledge they gain as participants in the IPA program.

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 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, 2017 - Applications open

  • January 31, 2018 - Applications close

  • March 1, 2018 - Successful applicants notified

  • April 1, 2018 - Intent to attend due (including payment)

  • July 15-21, 2018 -  Program Dates

Applications can be found found here.

If you have questions please contact LIGO Hanford's Education and Outreach Coordinator, Amber Strunk at or by phone at (509)372-8248.