Ivanna Escala wins NSF and Ford Foundation Graduate Fellowships

Former Cool Star Lab member Ivanna Escala, now a graduate student at Caltech, has been awarded both National Science Foundation and Ford Foundation Graduate Fellowships. These prestigious graduate fellowships are awarded across all fields, and aim to support and recognize outstanding graduate students as they pursue Master’s and PhD degrees. These fellowships will support Ivanna as she continues her astrophysics research in numerical modeling of galaxy formation.

Congratulations Ivanna!

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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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!