Our Undergraduate SSG Research!

Undergraduate Research Symposium
Brian Wold at the Undergrad Research Symposium

Michael Berry

Mentor: Zeljko Ivezic
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Darrell Bird

Mentor: Zeljko Ivezic
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Keira Brooks

Mentor: Zeljko Ivezic
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Michael Hayden

Mentor: Zeljko Ivezic
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Travis Jewel

Mentor: Andrew Connolly
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Martin Kronberg

Mentor: Zeljko Ivezic
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Rosalie McGurk

Mentor: Zeljko Ivezic
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Dylan Morgan

Mentor: Zeljko Ivezic
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Tanner Nakagawara

Mentor: Zeljko Ivezic
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Richard Rodruck

Mentor: Zeljko Ivezic
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Conor Sayres

Mentor: Andrew Connolly
Research Description: Ian and Conor are developing new ways to interact with astro data within the browser. Our approach utilizes a wide range of freely available APIs and social technologies in a widget-based environment. Our method aims to speed access to data as well as aid in scientific collaboration and public outreach.

Ian Smith

Mentor: Andrew Connolly
Research Description: Ian and Conor are developing new ways to interact with astro data within the browser. Our approach utilizes a wide range of freely available APIs and social technologies in a widget-based environment. Our method aims to speed access to data as well as aid in scientific collaboration and public outreach.

Nicholas Ule

Mentor: Nicole Silvestri
Research Description: Nick has been reducing APO DIS red/blue spectra of SDSS WDMs to determine the orbital periods of these systems. The M dwarfs in these systems are particularly active which may indicate that the binary is quite close (short period) and possibly on its way to becoming a CV. Nick has used the time-series spectra to determine their radial velocities and orbital periods and has compiled other system properties (age, mass, spectral type, colors, etc) from previous work in the hopes of producing a description of these systems' evolution toward the CV phase. We are currently working on a paper for publication by the fall, before Nick heads off to graduate school at NMSU.

Brian Wold

Mentor: Lynne Jones
Research Description: Brian has been working to photometrically calibrate CFHT data Lynne acquired in 2004, nearly simultaneous to the Spitzer FLS-EPS survey's observations of asteroids in multiple near-IR bands. With the photometrically calibrated visual data (g and r bands), and the near IR measurements of the same known asteroids, we are calculating albedos using different thermal models. Brian presented this work at the Undergraduate Research Symposium in spring 09, and is headed off to Germany in the fall of 2009 for a year studying abroad as a Geissen Scholar.