Gretel Mercado earns Best Undergraduate Poster Award at APS Far West Meeting

Gretel Mercado, and undergraduate researcher in the Cool Star Lab and participant in the California Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation in the Sciences (CAMP), won the Best Undergraduate Poster Award at the 2015 American Physical Society Far West meeting in Long Beach, CA.  Gretel reported her analysis of a new brown dwarf companion to a nearby sun-like star, which she analyzed using tools she and her fellow undergraduates developed for the SpeX Prism Library Analysis Toolkit (SPLAT). Congratulations Gretel!



  1. […] Gretel was one of 45 students from across the UC system to present physical science research posters at the day-long event, which were judged by nearly two dozen faculty members from all campuses.  She reported her analysis of a previously unrecognized L dwarf that appears to be a very wide companion to a nearby, young sun-like star. She is currently writing up her research for publication. This was the same research that won Gretel a poster award at the APS Far West meeting in October 2015 […]

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