UCSD Hosts 2016 SoCal Physics Graduate Admissions Bootcamp

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UCSD hosted the 2016 SoCal Physics Graduate Admissions Bootcamp this year at on August 13-14, 2016. The two-day intensive workshop, developed by members of the California Professoriate for Access to Physics Careers (CPAPC) and organized this year by Adam Burgasser and members of the Cool Star Lab,  is designed to help students, particularly those from underrepresented minority groups, plan for application to Physics graduate programs. This includes strategies for choosing programs, how to produce the best application, and how to succeed in the Physics GRE Subject Exam. Bootcamps are held in Southern and Northern California each year.

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Work by Cool Star Lab Alumna Aishwarya Iyer Featured in NASA Press Release

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Cool Star Lab alumna Aishwarya Iyer, currently a Master’s student at CSU Northridge and intern at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, has recently published work on exoplanet atmospheres that has been featured in a NASA Press Release. Her paper, “A Characteristic Transmission Spectrum Dominated by H2O Applies to the Majority of HST/WFC3 Exoplanet Observations“, published in the Astrophysical Journal, concludes that most hot Jupiter atmospheres likely contain water vapor, even those that show weak water features. This is due to the role of hazes and clouds, which can obscure molecular gas features. Aisha and her team performed a comprehensive analysis of 19 Hot Jupiter transmission spectra taken by HST/WFC3, and modeling analysis indicates that the bulk of water vapor lies below the cloud layers. This work is a major advance in understanding the role of clouds and haze in exoplanetary atmospheres, which are also important constituents in brown dwarf atmospheres.

The paper can be accessed at http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2016ApJ…823..109I and the press release can be found at http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=6527

Cool Star Lab Undergraduates Present Research at Research Symposium


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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Adam Burgasser Awarded UCSD Outstanding Mentor of the Year


Adam Burgasser was one of two awardees at the 2014 Faculty Mentor Program (FMP) Outstanding Mentor of the Year Award, in a ceremony held during the FMP Undergraduate Research Symposium on May 28th. Adam was nominated by undergraduate researchers Aishwarya Iyer and Melissa Tallis, both members of the Cool Star Lab who presented at the Symposium. The Outstanding Mentor Award is selected based on student testimonials, innovative or unusual mentoring practices, and other considerations, such as the number of mentees served and years of service as a mentor to undergraduates.  The other award winner was Alan Daly in the Department of Education Studies. Adam is extremely honored by this award, and so appreciative to Aisha & Melisa for the nomination!

Cool Star Undergrads Present Work at UCSD Research Conference

14003454126_1eac67154c_mAishwarya Iyer and Melisa Tallis both presented 15 minute talks on their research work today at the 27th Annual UCSD Undergraduate Research Conference.  The conference recognizes outstanding scholarly work produced by UC San Diego undergraduates, and all participating students are nominated by faculty who have judged their work to be outstanding. Aisha presented her work on Spitzer monitoring of the TWA 30AB system (“Mid-infrared Variability of the Low Mass Stellar Binary TWA 30 A and B”); Melisa presented her work searching for young brown dwarfs in the SpeX Prism Spectral Library (“Identifying Young Brown Dwarfs Near the Sun”).

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