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.
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.
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