College of Science

CHAMP: UC Berkeley

the first cohort of HERA summer researchers at Berkeley

PHOTO (above): The first cohort of HERA summer researchers at Berkeley (Summer 2016)

Radio Astronomy Research at UC Berkeley

UC Berkeley's Astronomy Department is home to HERA PI Aaron Parsons. Aaron's research group at Berkeley consists of 3 postdocs, 6 graduate students, and several researchers. Because of the large group and the presence of the Radio Astronomy Lab, projects span a wide variety and range from data analysis and simulations to hands-on instrumentation. Previous CHAMP projects have included HERA data analysis, programming FPGAs and building digital correlators, designing radio antennas, testing radio-frequency electronic systems, and running cosmological simulations.

Students working together in RAL.
Students working together in the Radio Astronomy Lab (RAL). We use this space for discussions, lessons, and to eat group lunch on Fridays!

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 Berkeley 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 the Bay area.

Who should apply?

The Radio Astronomy Lab
The RAL houses both analog and digital equipment, including correlators, antennas, RF equipment, and a 3D printer.

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, 2019. 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 10th to Friday, August 16th 2019 (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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