Cool Star Undergraduates present research at SCCUR

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Cool Star undergraduate researchers Ivanna Escala and Michael Lopez presented their research at the 2014 Southern California Conference for Undergraduate Research (SCCUR) at CSU Fullerton on November 22, 2014.  SCCUR presenters undergo a competitive selection, and this was the first time students working in the Cool Star Lab attended SCCUR, joining 7 other UCSD students from different majors.

Ivanna Escala, who presented a poster on her research aimed at determining the physical properties of unusually magnetically active late L and T dwarfs, reported on her experience:

The Southern California Conference for Undergraduate Research was an excellent opportunity to share my own work with a community of fellow undergraduate researchers.  Witnessing the breadth of the topics covered at the conference, from fields such as astronomy to chemistry and psychology, truly provided me with a sense of the degree to which undergraduates actively contribute to existing bodies of knowledge. Discussing my research in astronomy, and topics in astronomy and physics in general, was a pleasure, particularly because I felt that I was helping to spread knowledge and foster interest in the field. On a personal level, I found the conference very rewarding in that it reinforced my enthusiasm and passion for astronomy; it will likely serve as a stepping stone in my path toward a career in the astrophysical sciences.

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Michael Lopez, a McNair scholar who gave a well-attended talk on his work analyzing the near-infrared spectrum of the young brown dwarf  WISE J0528, reported on his experience:

The SCCUR is the third conference which I have participated in, and it was an enjoyable learning experience because it was the first one outside of UCSD. I really enjoyed it because there was only one other person who I knew was going to the conference and it was off campus so I did not know what to expect. For the first time I was presenting to a completely knew audience. The setting was very presenter friendly. There were many more students from all over the nation and a few faculty attending my presentation in a spacious room. This made it less intimidating and I had fun talking to them about their projects and their experiences. This is also the biggest conference I have attended. There were so many students from all over California and some form other states. As a result the oral and poster presentations were very diverse. It was neat to go through the program and read so many interesting project titles from different disciplines. I believe this was a good experience in presenting with not really knowing your audience or what the environment is going to be like and to meet other students.

Congratulations to Ivanna & Mike on their participation in the conference!

 

Morehouse Fellow Christian Aganze Wins Poster Award at SACNAS

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Christian Aganze, a Morehouse-UCSD Bridge Fellow working in the Cool Star Lab, won a poster award at the 2014 National Conference of the Society for the Advancement of Chicano and Native American Scientists (SACNAS).  Christian won the award for his presentation of work done this summer to investigate the mysterious nature of GJ 660.1B, a cool companion to the nearby M0 dwarf GJ 660.1.  Using data in the SpeX Prism Library and published spectral index relations, Christian has found that this source is either very young or metal poor, but careful inspection supports the latter hypothesis.  This makes GJ 660.1B a new benchmark for metal-poor very low mass dwarfs, and is a cautionary tale for index-based gravity measures.

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Congratulations Christian!

2014 Summer Undergraduate Research Conference

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Cool Star Lab undergraduates participated en masse at the 2014 Summer Undergraduate Research Conference  (SURC) on August 14th.  Christian Aganze, Mike Lopez, Rosalinda Lopez, Caleb Choban, and Kieran Berton each presented their summer’s work in the Astrophysics session, moderated by PI Adam Burgasser. Morehouse-UCSD Physics Bridge Fellows Jeremy Ariche and Saidou Ngaide also presented in this session. Melisa Tallis and Morehouse Fellow Julian Pilate-Hutcherson, who worked in the Shpyrko Lab this summer, presented in the parallel Physics & Engineering session; Jarrhett Butler, another Morehouse Fellow, presented in the Biophysics session.  This was the first time Astrophysics had its own session at the SURC, and the room was filled with astronomy fans and proud mentors.

Congratulations to everyone on a successful summer of research!

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Cool Star Lab Presents at Cool Stars Conference

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Adam Burgasser and Daniella Bardalez Gagliuffi were among hundreds of attendees at the 18th Cambridge Workshop on Cool Stars, Stellar Systems and the Sun, held in Flagstaff, AZ, June 8-13.  This biennial conference highlights the latest research in low-temperature, low-mass stars and brown dwarfs, and this year had its fair share of exciting results in both observation and theory.

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Cool Star Lab Undergraduates Present Research at Research Symposium

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Undergraduate researchers in the Cool Star Lab presented their year’s work on May 28th, during the UCSD Faculty Mentor Program Undergraduate Research Symposium. This was the first Symposium to feature poster presentations by undergraduates.

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