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CIERA REU Students Present at 233rd Meeting of the AAS

This January, eleven students from CIERA’s summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program and our LSSTC Enabling Science program presented posters on their research projects at the 233rd meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) in Seattle, Washington.

Directed by Research Assistant Professor Aaron Geller, the REU and LSSTC programs focus on connections between astrophysics and other disciplines within CIERA. Students learn computer programming, develop skills in science communication, take field trips, and benefit from career panels in addition to collaborating with faculty on research projects.

The winter meeting of the AAS is the largest gathering of American astronomers each year and includes many opportunities for networking. The students presented the following posters:

Sam Berry

Advisor: Shane Larson

Project: LISA’s Observation of Inspiraling Binary Black Holes

Alexandra (Lexi) Detweiler

Advisor: Seth Jacobson

Project: Examining Initial Conditions of Planetary Formation Simulations

Nick Easton

Advisor: Adam Miller, Aaron Geller

Project: Variable Star Classifications with Crowd Sourcing

Carlo Esquivia

Advisor: Wen-Fai Fong

Project: On to Off: Predictions for the Radio Afterglows of Neutron Star Mergers

Sophie Haight

Advisors: Vicky Kalogera, Chris Pankow, Pablo Marchant

Project: Merger Rates of High Mass X-ray Binary Systems

Sinead Humphrey

Advisors: Vicky Kalogera, Scott Coughlin

Project: Finding Gravitational Wave from Core Collapse Supernovae

Mitch Lachat

Advisor: Fred Rasio, Kyle Kremer

Project: Gamma Ray Bursts from Black Hole – Star Collisions in Globular Clusters

Ava Polzin

Advisor: Aaron Geller, Adam Miller

Project: Exploring the Eclipsing Binary Yield of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope

Isaac Rivera

Advisors:  Wen-fai Fong, Vicky Kalogera, Michael Zevin, Chase Kimball

Project: Constraining Natal Kicks of Binary Neutron Star Systems

Mahlet Shiferaw

Advisors: Claude-André Faucher-Giguère, Aaron Geller, Alex Richings, Alex Gurvich

Project: Visualizing HII Regions in FIRE Galaxy Simulations

Megan Tillman

Advisor: Claude-André Faucher-Giguère, Sarah Wellons

Project: Testing Models of Supermassive Black Hole Evolution with the Quasar Luminosity Function