CHAMP: McGill University

McGill Cosmic Dawn Intensity Mapping Group!

Radio Astronomy Research at McGill University (Canada)

At McGill, our group explores a variety of questions at the interface of theory and observations in 21cm cosmology. HERA will make measurements of Cosmic Dawn and Reionization—the periods in cosmic history when the first stars and galaxies formed. But how will we interpret these measurements? What will they teach us about the first luminous objects? How precisely can we determine their typical masses, or their brightness in UV or X-ray radiation? At McGill, we forecast how well HERA (and similar instruments) might be able to answer these questions. We also ask the reverse question—given theoretical models of Cosmic Dawn and Reionization, what sort of new telescopes and analysis methods are required for us to test these models? 

We use a variety of methods in our work. We analyze real data from HERA, building up the necessary software. We devise new statistical methods for squeezing every bit of information out of data. We run semi-analytic simulations to determine what we expect to see from instruments. We also explore machine-learning techniques for solving data analysis and simulation problems that cannot be solved using traditional methods.

Program Details

What is it?

Students will begin the summer attending a one week radio astronomy “boot camp” designed to give them some of the skills they will need to succeed in their research. They will then work for the next 9 weeks with faculty and staff at McGill University on HERA-related projects.

Selected students will receive a $6000 stipend for the full 10 weeks. In addition, participants will be provided with housing and will be reimbursed for travel from home or campus to Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Who should apply?

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age by the beginning of the program. They must be enrolled in one of the CAMPARE participating institutions at the time of their application. Participants should not have graduated from their 4-year institution before the beginning of the summer internship. Community college students in the process of transferring to a 4-year institution are eligible to apply.

All applicants must have completed a minimum of one full year of college-level physics by the start of the program.

When and How to Apply

Applications are due February 1, 2022. To apply to the program, follow the Application Instructions

In addition, you must ask two faculty members (or others familiar with your academic or work background) to submit letters of reference using the link on the application instructions page. 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 6, to Friday, August 12, 2022 (10 weeks). Participants must be available during the entire 10-week period of the program.

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grants DUE-1741863, AST-1636646, and AST-1836019.