College of Science

CHAMP: Brown University

Ladd Observatory   a HERA antenna

PHOTO (above): Right: Historic Ladd Observatory, built in 1891, just celebrated its 125 anniversary. Members of the physics department and other volunteers host weekly public observing nights on the 12” refractor. Left: The first 19 constructed HERA antennas.

Radio Astronomy Research at Brown University

The Pober research group at Brown University is actively engaged in several aspects of the HERA project, including early data analysis, advanced pipeline development, and end-to-end data and analysis simulations. We are particularly interested in understanding the subtle effects of "real world" errors---including radio frequency interference, cross talk, and antenna response variations---on our data analysis. Summer research projects could focus on (a) identifying these effects in real data, (b) developing simple models for describing them, or (c) and simulating their effects in a full end-to-end analysis. Students will also be able to contribute to the development of BURST, the Brown University Radio Student Telescope, under construction on the rooftop of the physics building on campus. The Pober group consists of four graduate students, one post-doctoral scholar, and a number of undergraduate researchers. Brown University, founded in 1764, is a liberal arts college located in Providence, Rhode Island. Rhode Island, known as the "ocean state", has mild summer weather, an abundance of beaches, and excellent seafood.

BURST Antennas
The first two antennas of BURST on the rooftop of the physics building.

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 Brown University on HERA-related projects.

Selected students will receive a $5000 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 Providence, Rhode Island.

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, 2018. 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 11th to Friday, August 17th 2018 (10 weeks). Participants must be available during the entire 10-week period of the program.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. AST-1636646.

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