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2018 REU summary

The staff of MIT Haystack Observatory had a great time mentoring and hosting the 2018 summer undergraduate and teacher interns, funded through the NSF REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) and RET (Research Experiences for Teachers) programs.

2018 REUs
Back row, L–R: Rafael Cabanas, Ryan Black, Maura Shea, Claire Gasque, Rachel Boedicker, Vincent Trung; front row, L–R: John Hunter, Devon Alcorn, Samuel Mekonnen, Daniel Dopp, Sean Beverly

The summer 2018 interns participated in another set of successful research projects, spanning multiple radio science fields across geospace, geodesy, and astronomy, with Haystack mentors. Participants benefited from the supportive cross-disciplinary collaboration between scientists in a wide range of fields here at the Observatory. Their research was supplemented by a lecture series provided by Haystack scientists and engineers, on topics including the cryosphere, space-based radar, star formation, radio instrumentation, digital signal processing, and the high data rates associated with VLBI observations in geodesy and astronomy.

“Overall this summer has easily been one of the best experiences of my life.”

Our undergraduate interns also participated in tours of the Haystack 37-meter telescope as well as the Millstone Hill incoherent scatter radar facility and antennas, went to a star party at our next-door neighbor, MIT Wallace Astrophysical Observatory—and managed to fit in the occasional barbecue.

“Working alongside other REUs who are all very smart and very passionate about their subjects created a great atmosphere where everybody could share their different perspectives and goals.”

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At the end of the summer, participants showcased their extensive and impressive research projects, with a presentation to all Haystack staff. As always, a large number of people from across the Observatory showed up to view these research talks and the accompanying poster exhibition. The slide presentations, poster files, and accompanying abstracts are available online:

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Several undergraduates will be presenting their research at upcoming conferences, including AAS and AGU (links to follow).

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All of us at MIT Haystack Observatory are very proud of our 2018 summer undergraduate interns: congratulations to all for a wonderful job learning about science, performing advanced research, and teaching us about these interdisciplinary and fascinating projects!

“Working at Haystack this summer has been a fantastic experience and I got much more out of it than I’d ever expected.”

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Check back in late November 2018 for information on applying to the summer 2019 undergraduate REU program!

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