Gretel Mercado presents at 2016 CAMP Symposium at UCI

Undergraduate research Gretel Mercado presented her research investigating a possible brown dwarf companion to a nearby star at the 2016 CAMP Statewide Symposium at UC Irvine.

Gretel is a member of the UCSD chapter of the California Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation in Science, Engineering and Mathematics (CAMP – LSAMP). This NSF-funded program provides support and advancement opportunities to students defined as underrepresented by the NSF who are seeking bachelor’s degrees in chemistry, physics, cognitive science, biology, other sciences, mathematics, engineering and technology. It is one of many initiatives started by the recently deceased senator from Ohio Louis Stokes to advance underrepresented minorities in science and education.

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


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!