On August 5 at 7pm the summer 2020 National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduate (NSF-REU) interns will present their summer research projects in astrophysics virtually on Zoom as part of the Maria Mitchell Summer Science Speaker Series.
While the interns were not able to travel to Nantucket due to the COVID-19 pandemic travel restrictions, they were able to participate in the research component of the program virtually, via Zoom and email. This summer’s research projects covered a wide range of topics from searching for planets around white dwarf stars and determining the potential habitability of exoplanets, to studying black holes and the cosmic web.
The summer 2020 Maria Mitchell Observatory (MMO) NSF-REU intern class consists of: Devon Barros, Bridgewater State University; Kiana Burton, Temple University; Sarah Graber, Columbia University; A. Granados, Wellesley College; Andrea Mejia, Hunter College CUNY; and Natalia Villanueva, Harvard University.
The research projects that the interns will be discussing are: “Searching for Planetary Remnants Around Bright White Dwarfs with NASA’s TESS Mission” & “Using Millimeter Wavelength Observations to Determine the Potential Habitability of Exoplanets” & “Peering into the Lighthouse: X-ray Emission from RV Tau Variable Stars and Their Companions” & “Detailed Analysis of Tidal Disruption Event Light Curves: The Search for Clues for What is Powering Their Optical Emission” & “Dissecting Pulsar Wind Nebulae with the Chandra and NuSTAR X-ray Observatories” & “Using Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) to Untangle the Cosmic Web: IFU Studies of FRB Host Galaxies.”