College of Science

CHAMP: University of Washington

the UW Radio Cosmology Team

PHOTO (above): Members of the UW Radio Cosmology team examining Epoch of Reionization data.

Radio Astronomy Research at University of Washington

At UW we are particularly interested in imaging with HERA, and in using imaging as a basis for calibrating the telescope for the statistical detection of the Epoch of Reionization. We are also thinking a lot about radio frequency interference (RFI) detection and flagging, particularly for faint and infrequent RFI. There are two potential CHAMP projects we propose:

  1. diving into RFI detection and flagging algorithms to try to improve the cleanliness of our data and to identify faint, infrequent RFI in the data
  2. building calibration models of extended radio sources using data from another telescope we are involved with, the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA), and using these models with HERA data to improve image-based calibration.

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 UW on HERA-related projects.
radcos team
The UW RadCos team in 2012.
 
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 Seattle, Washington.

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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