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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Christian Aganze Selected as an inaugural LSST Data Science Fellow

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UCSD-Morehouse-Spelman alum and incoming graduate student Christian Aganze has been selected as one of the inaugural LSST Data Science Fellows. This program aims to teach graduate students the skills required for LSST (Large Synoptic Survey Telescope) science that are not easily addressed by current astrophysics graduate programs. The program consists of a two-year training program, with three one-week schools per year. The program is based at Northwestern University‘s Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics (CIERA) and directed by Dr. Lucianne Walkowicz of the Adler Planetarium.

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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!