campare 2012-13 - California State University, Los Angeles

California-Arizona Minority Partnership for
Astronomy Research and Education
Astronomy, Planetary Science, and Astrobiology
summer research opportunities
CAMPARE opens up a world of possibilities
CAMPARE: What is it?
• Paid 10-week summer internships
• Housing and travel costs included
• Research areas include: Astronomy,
Planetary Science, Astrobiology
• Sites include: University of Arizona
Steward Observatory, SETI Institute,
CAMPARE: Where is it?
CAMPARE: Research projects
SETI Institute
IR spectroscopy of ethane and ethane-water mixtures
Dark slope streaks on Mars
Meteor showers and their parent comets
SETI and radio astronomy
University of Arizona Steward Observatory
IR variability of proto-planetary disks
Molecular cloud mapping with the Arizona sub-millimeter telescope
Observations of young stars in the Carina Nebula
Astronomy camp/astronomy education research
• Morphology of Titan dunes
• Studies of main belt asteroids
• Planetary atmospheres outside the Solar System
Studies of Main-Belt Asteroids
• Mario’s project was entitled “WISE/NEOWISE
Post-Cryogenic Main-Belt Asteroid Data Analysis”
• His project was to determine the accuracy of the
post-cryogenic data for the main-belt asteroids,
working with the NEOWISE team led by the Dr.
Amy Mainzer and Dr. Joe Masiero.
Mario Cabrera, Physics major
Worked at JPL/Caltech
OREOcube experiment on the ISS
• Jason Alonzo is an Electrical
Engineering major pursuing a minor in
• His mentor was Dr. Richard Quinn of
SETI, and his research was conducted
at NASA Ames Research Center:
Astrobiology Institute (NAI)
• He worked on OREOcube, an
astrobiology experiment destined for
the International Space Station
• His project was to develop various
sample cells of organic and inorganic
materials to study chemical reactions
while exposed to a space environment
Jason preparing the Deposition
System with SiO2 optical window for
the organic sublimation procedure.
Studies of the M17 Molecular Cloud
• Natalie Nicole Sanchez is a
Physics major
• She worked at the Steward
Observatory in Tucson, Arizona
this past summer
• Her mentor was Dr. John Bieging of the
University of Arizona.
• Her project was to reduce raw data from the
Heinrich Hertz Submillimeter Telescope into
three dimensional data maps of the M17
molecular cloud
• The image to the right shows the M17
molecular cloud at its brightest velocity
Natalie next to the
Telescope (SMT) on
Mt. Graham in
SETI: Software Development at the ATA
Aaron is an Electrical Engineering
pursuing a minor in Physics/Astronomy.
His mentor was Dr. Gerry Harp, Director
of Center for SETI Research at the SETI
Institute, Mountain View, CA.
Project included several individual
projects to develop software for the
Allen Telescope Array (ATA).
Aaron with 3 of 42 antennas of the
Allen Telescope Array (ATA). Hat Creek
Radio Observatory. July 2012.
CAMPARE: Who has participated?
20 students from seven different majors have participated in CAMPARE:
• Physics, Geology, Biology
• Aerospace, Computer, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering
CAMPARE: Where are they now?
8 participants have graduated since CAMPARE began; their pursuits include:
• Graduate training
• Teaching career
• NASA internship
• NUPOC program, US Navy
Post-graduation activities/plans
Amber Butcher
PhD program, Department of Earth Sciences, USC
Ashley Curry
Applying to PhD programs in Biology
Clint Hawkins
Nuclear Propulsion Officer Candidate Program (NUPOC), U.S. Navy
Steven Jasso
High school physics teaching credential program, CPP
Courtney Lemon
PhD program, Department of Physics, Florida State University
Hector Saldivar
Engineering job or high school physics teaching credential program
Steffi Valkov
Internship, NASA Academy, NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards AFB
Stephanie Zajac
MS program in astronomy instrumentation, SUNY Stony Brook
CAMPARE: Presentations at national meetings
Students present at national meetings such
as the American Astronomical Society (AAS)
meetings in Seattle, Austin, and Long Beach
and at the American Geophysical Union
meetings in San Francisco
Stephanie Zajac (above) was selected as one
of the winners of the Chambliss Astronomy
Achievement Student Award competition,
“given to recognize exemplary research by
undergraduate students who present posters
at the semi-annual AAS meetings”
CAMPARE: Who can apply?
Anyone can apply! The only requirements are :
• Complete freshman physics before the summer
• Don’t graduate before the summer
Application materials are:
• On-line application, including personal essay
• Transcript
• 2 letters of recommendation
Applications are due February 1, 2013
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