CAMPARE

CAMPARE

Program Description

LEFT PHOTO (above): Students at Astronomy Camp observe sunset through the McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope, the largest solar instrument in the world, located at Kitt Peak, Arizona. The Director of Astronomy Camp, Dr. Donald McCarthy of the University of Arizona Steward Observatory, is at right.

RIGHT PHOTO (above): Three Cal Poly Pomona students, Mike Errico, Gregory Villar, and Stephanie Zajac, who were working at JPL posing with a full size model of the Mars Science Laboratory (Mars Curiosity Rover).

Participate in cutting edge research in astronomy, planetary and space science, astrobiology, and astronomy education and public outreach at one of four world-class research institutions the University of Arizona Steward Observatory, JPL, Caltech, and the SETI Institute. The CAMPARE program is a network of community colleges and comprehensive universities in California from which students are recruited to participate in undergraduate research projects for 10 weeks in the summer. Students are paid a stipend, and travel and housing expenses are included.

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Students from 6 different majors (Physics, Geology, Biology, Aerospace, Computer and Electrical Engineering) have participated in CAMPARE. Other majors in science and engineering are also encouraged to apply. Projects students have worked on include:

YearStudent MajorResearch InstitutionProject
2010 Geology SETI

Morphology and Classification of Martian Dunes

2010

Biology

SETI

Infrared Spectroscopy of Solar System Ices

2010

Physics

Arizona

Astronomy Camp

2010

Aerospace Engineering

SETI

CAMS: A Ground-based Meteoroid Orbit Survey

2010

Physics

Arizona

Infrared Variability of Planet-forming Disks 
around Young Stars

2011

Physics

Arizona

Infrared Variability of Planet-forming Disks 
around Young Stars

2011

Physics

Arizona

Radio Study of California Molecular Cloud

2011

Physics

Arizona

Astronomy Camp/Astronomy Education Research

2012

Computer Engineering

SETI

Space Environment Viability of Organics

2012

Physics

JPL

A Proper Motion Search for Nearby Objects using WISE

2012

Computer Engineering

SETI

SETI with the Allen Telescope Array

2012

Physics

JPL

ORganics Exposure in Orbit (OREOcube) Experiment on the International Space Station

2012

Electrical Engineering

SETI

SETI with the Allen Telescope Array

2012

Physics/ Geology

SETI

Image Analysis of Outer Solar System Moons

2012

Aerospace Engineering

Arizona

Infrared Variability of Planet-forming Disks 
around Young Stars

2012

Physics

Arizona

Optical Photometry of Recent Supernova Explosions

2012

Physics

Arizona

Mapping M17 (Omega Nebula) using the Arizona Sub-millimeter Telescope

2012

Physics

Arizona

Astronomy Camp/Astronomy Education Research

2012

Physics

Arizona

Multiwavelength Observations of Outflows from Young Stars in the Carina Nebula

2012

Physics

JPL

Formation Mechanisms for Dunes Observed on Titan

Program Details

Ashley Nitrogen

In the SETI lab, Ashley Curry adds liquid nitrogen to cool the apparatus used to prepare samples of ethane or ethane/water mixes for infrared spectral analysis. Matching these laboratory spectra with astronomical spectra of objects in our outer Solar System will help determine if these objects contain ethane. Liquid nitrogen is very cold, only 77 degress above absolute zero or 321 degrees below zero Farenheit (77 K = -196 C = -321 F).

What is it?
Students will work for 10 weeks in the summer with scientists at the University of Arizona Steward Observatory, the SETI Institute, or JPL/Caltech on projects spanning the fields of astronomy, planetary and space science, astrobiology, and astronomy education and public outreach.

Who should apply?

Applicants must be United States Citizens or Permanent Residents and at least 18 years of age by the beginning of the program.  Applicants must be enrolled in one of the CAMPARE participating institutions at the time of their application.  Participants may not have graduated from their 4-year institution before the beginning of the summer internship, but community college students may be in the process of transferring to a 4-year institution.

To be eligible for the program, applicants must be have completed a full year of college-level physics by Summer 2014. Preference will be given to students with additional physics coursework.

When and How to Apply

Applications are due Friday, February 14, 2014; to apply to the program, fill out the on-line Application Form; in addition, have two (2) faculty members (or others familiar with your academic or work background) submit letters of reference on your behalf by e-mail only, preferably as a signed PDF attachment, to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Campare

TOP: Jason Alonzo preparing an OREOcube sample inside the deposition system, placing an optical SiO2 window on the disk.

BOTTOM: Gabriela Serna posing in front of Kitt Peak telescopes.

Indicate their names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses in your on-line application where appropriate. It is your responsibility to confirm that these letters have been sent and failure to obtain these two letters will render your application incomplete and lead to its rejection without review.

 

Successful students will be notified in March. The research program runs Monday, June 16th to Friday, August 22nd 2014 (10 weeks). The dates of the education/public outreach program at the University of Arizona will determined by the dates of Astronomy Camp and in consultation with the Director, Dr. Don McCarthy.

Financial support
$5000 for the full 10 weeks - in addition, participants will be provided with housing. Travel reimbursement is up to $500 for travel from home or campus to the relevant research site.

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If you have any questions about the program, please contact the CAMPARE Director, Professor Rudolph.

 

 

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. AST-1322432.

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