On Campus

Star Formation in the Milky Way and other Galaxies - Dr. Chris Depree:

Chris De Pree studies star formation in the Milky Way and other galaxies (using the EVLA radio telescope), and exoplanetary transits (using the SARA-North and SARA-South optical telescopes). De Pree and has several active projects that are structured to involve student work. Interested students should have taken Astronomy 120 and 121, as well as Physics 202-203. Familiarity with computers is helpful, but not essential, as you will be able to learn the software needed to analyze the data. Observations are made with the Expanded Very Large Array (EVLA) in Socorro, New Mexico and the Southeastern Association for Research in Astronomy (SARA) telescopes located at Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO) in Arizona, Cerro Tololo Interamerican Observatory (CTIO) in Chile and Roque de los Muchachos Observatory (RM) in the Canary Islands.

Biomedical use of Cerenkov Radiation - Dr. Nicole Ackerman:

Dr. Ackerman's research focuses on biomedical applications of Cerenkov radiation.  Her group works with computer simulations using Geant4 to predict the light produced by radioactive decays and with low light imaging systems.  There are opportunities to work with programming (in C++ and Python), optics, radioactive sources, electronics, and image analysis. Certain projects are well-suited to students interested in particle physics, engineering, medicine, and computer science.  http://nicoleackerman.agnesscott.org/research/

Radio Gas Dynamics in Comets and Optical Asteroid Lightcurves - Dr. Amy Lovell:

Amy Lovell works with computational simulations of cometary atmospheres, based on long-wavelength radio observations with the Arecibo 305m radio telescope in Puerto Rico, and the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia.  She also works with students observing and constructing lightcurves of near-Earth asteroids, and monitoring Jupiter-family comets for potential outbursts (using the SARA optical telescopes). Interested students should have taken Astronomy 200L, and PHY 202-203 are recommended, as well as some programming experience (for the simulations).