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Hunter Students to Participate in Notable Summer Astronomy Programs

Alex Teachey was accepted to the National Radio Astronomy Observatory Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program in Socorro, NM. He will contribute to a cutting-edge astronomy research project and gain experience with using radio telescopes such as the Very Large Array. This is the same facility featured on the opening scenes of the 1997 film Contact. The VLA, and radio telescopes in general, tend to be very photogenic:

Munazza Alam was accepted to the CUNY and American Museum of Natural History Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program based in the Rose Center for Earth and Space located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. She will contribute to a project using spectroscopy of starlight to study the properties of very low mass stars that are strikingly similar to Jupiter-like planets. She will also be working in the same building as Neil deGrasse Tyson. The Rose Center is also very photogenic:

Sara Camnasio was accepted to the Dunlap Institute's Introduction to Astronomical Instrumentation summer school on First Light on the Decade’s Most Innovative Instruments in Toronto, Canada. She will have an opportunity to learn from experienced astronomers and engineers the principles of optics and detectors, as well as to advanced topics in instrument design and development. Here are some cool pictures from last year's school:


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