POCA

A Partnership in Observational and Computational Astronomy

The PAARE Summer 2009 Internship Program

May-August 2009
South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, SC

A total of six students participated this summer, three as Tier 1 and three as Tier 2. Three SCSU students, Eva Nesmith, Keisha Jamison and Osei Julien, participated as Tier 1 students at SCSU. Additionally, Graham Davis remained at SCSU for his second summer, this time as a Tier 2 student.

Eva and Keisha worked under Dr. Jennifer Cash, applying fitting techniques to the light curves of several RV Tauri and Semi-Regular stars. This work built on the previous experience of POCA students and Dr. Cash’s earlier efforts. Eva continued to work on the project during the fall of 2009. She presented a poster on her efforts at the AAS meeting in Washington, D.C., in January 2010. Additionally, Eva is a coauthor on a paper being prepared by Dr. Cash.

Nesmith, Eva and Cash, J., "Photometric Light Curve Analysis of RV Tauri Stars Using AAVSO", (2010). American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #215, #417.15; Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, Vol. 41, p.273 Bibliography: 2010AAS...21541715N

Osei and Graham worked under the mentorship of Dr. Walter on the Coude Feed spectra described earlier.

Tier 2 student Jared Lalmansingh from SCSU spent the summer at Clemson under the mentorship of Dr. Mark Leising, modeling Type Ia Supernovae. Their work lead to a student poster at the AAS meeting in Washington, D.C., in January 2010.

Lalmansingh, Jared and Leising, M., "Modeling the Hard X-ray Spectrum of a Type Ia Supernova", (2010). American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #215, #430.10; Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, Vol. 41, p.357 Bibliography: 2010AAS...21543010L

Tier 2 student Patrick Durant spent the summer at NOAO in Tucson working under the guidance of Dr. Steve Howell. He expanded on this first summer internship and examined in greater detail the Coude Feed spectra. His work was presented at the AAS meeting in Washington, D.C. in January 2010.

Durant, Patrick; Howell, S. B.; Cash, J. and Walter, D. K., "Spectral Variations of Several RV Tauri Type Stars", (2010). American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #215, #417.14; Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, Vol. 41, p.273 Bibliography: 2010AAS...21541714D

Eva Nesmith
Osei Julien, Dr. Smith
and Keisha Jamison.
Keisha Jamison and Dr. Cash.
Graham Davis