AST 341: Honors Class on Advanced Techniques in Observational Astronomy

AST 341: Honors Class on Advanced Techniques in Observational Astronomy

This course, taught every spring semester,  begins with a January trip to Kitt Peak National Observatory to use the WIYN 0.9 m telescope where students collect data that they will use to design and carry out independent research projects during the semester. Travel expenses are covered by FCAD. Students learn to reduce and analyze their data and prepare their scientific results for presentation. Professional techniques of CCD imaging, photometry, astrometry and statistical image analysis are applied using Python based software.

FCAD Education Research Postdoctoral Fellowship

The FCAD Education/Research Fellowship program was founded in 1998 with the goal of enhancing both the educational and research mission of the FCAD. Fellows are recent PhDs in Astronomy selected on the basis of research excellence and interest in and talent for undergraduate science education.

Over the history of the program, Fellows have contributed to the educational mission of the FCAD in many different ways. Currently the educational role of the Fellow is to offer classes in observational astronomy, one of which includes a research seminar that starts with an observing run at the WIYN 0.9 meter telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory, followed by an immersion in independent research, and culminating in research presentations of scientific results to the full department.

App't

Host

Fellow

2017

Amherst

Kimberly Ward-Duong

2014

Smith

Anne Jaskot

2011Mount HolyokeCaleb Fassett
2008UMassMark Fardal
2008AmherstRob Gutermuth
2007Hampshire

Hugh Crowl

2005

Amherst

Lara Philips

2005

UMass

Michael Stage

2006

Mount Holyoke

Tom Burbine

2004

Mount Holyoke

Catrina Hamilton

2001SmithSalman Hameed
2001HampshireDoug Leonard
1999UMassEnrico Vespirini

1998

Amherst

Amy Lovell