Summer 2015 Undergraduate Astrophysics Research Starts at UWRF

It’s summer again and thirteen students are here for astrophysics research. Six of them are NSF REU students, and with the others they will work on projects on IceCube and the neutron monitors at McMurdo and Antarctica. Two from this large summer group will go to Antarctica this year. Week 1 was spent at UWRF where students got a quick fire introduction to computer programming, neutrino astrophysics, and neutron monitors. This summer we have a visiting faculty, Dr. Waraporn “Fhon” Nuntiyakul, from Chandrakasem Rajabhat University in Thailand. Fhon’s research is on neutron monitors. Each Monday students will participate in professional development workshops with other summer scholars on campus. This week we also got some lead and polyethylene from Delaware, which we will use with the neutron monitors. Here are some photos from the first week. Next week is Boot Camp in Madison!

Nick K, Samanthan, Nick J, and Kevin (front), writing code.
Joe, Nick K, Samantha, Nick J, and (front row) Kevin and Kyle, writing code.
Kim,  Sam, Hanna, and (front row) Laura, Justin writing code.
Kim, Sam, Hanna, and (front row) Laura, Justin writing code.
Robert and Vanessa (front row) hacking away at code.
Robert and Vanessa (front row) hacking away at code.
Fohn gives a seminar on neutron monitors in Thailand.
Fhon gives a seminar on neutron monitors in Thailand.
Talking over moving 200 lb blocks of lead.
Talking over moving 200 lb blocks of lead.
Waiting for help?
Waiting for help?
Carefully placing a lead ring in lab.
Carefully placing a lead ring in lab.
Sam and Vanessa at UWRF running the cDOM simulations remotely  on the GPU machine in Madison.
Sam and Vanessa at UWRF running the cDOM simulations remotely on the GPU machine in Madison.
Moving lead again, building our neutron monitor.
Moving lead again, building our neutron monitor.

 

And now, off to boot camp!!

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