PSC Camp: Announcement

Get college credit via the PSC!

Great news!  You can get college credit via the PSC  🙂

At West Virginia University the PSC is available as a three credit points course (ASTR 293B, costs: $0/hr -> Yes, it’s free!) via the ACCESS program:

https://www.access.wvu.edu/

This is a unique opportunity and it’s free for the Fall 2019 semester!

If you decide to register, here is a little bit about the timeline:
a) The pointing requirement will be for the entire academic year, beginning on December, 15 2018 until the end of the winter session (December 20, 2019).
b) A poster and paper will be due at the end of the winter session (December 20, 2019).

The paper is supposed to be written in a similar style as for an astronomical journal which is very good practice!

If you would like to register, please go to the posted webpage and complete the online application (Step 1). Step 2 is the enrollment form which needs to be downloaded and signed by the guidance counselor indicating the GPA and a parent. It needs to be scanned and send back to WVU.

When the application process is complete, you will receive a follow up email with further instructions.

Let us know if you have any questions about the course. This is indeed a unique opportunity!

Great opportunity for teachers who teach physical science/astronomy

NITARP, the NASA/IPAC Teacher Archive Research Program, gets teachers involved in authentic astronomical research. Operated by the Spitzer Science Center, NITARP partners small groups of largely high school educators, and their students, with a mentor professional astronomer for an original research project.  Applications are open until September 13.  I know several educators who have participated in this program and call it a life-changing professional development experience. You really should apply!

Find out more here: https://nitarp.ipac.caltech.edu/page/about

Support for teachers to share pulsar astronomy and the PSC at their State Science Teachers’ Meetings

Teachers,

If you would like to present a session for fellow teachers at your next science teachers’ meeting, we’d like to support you. If you are within easy driving distance of Charleston, WV consider presenting at the West Virginia Meeting October 24-26.

If you are interested, please complete this short interest form.

We will host a brainstorming/planning zoom session on September 3.

PSC Research is complete. Registration process to be streamlined

Over the next few days we’ll be making some changes to PSC database, and the  hurdles to registration.  As always, students must be 13 to participate in the PSC.  But, because the research phase of the project is complete, we will no longer ask students to submit consent/assent forms.

Teachers, this means that once students register on psrsearch.wvu.edu, you will be able to activate them right away. Please give us a couple of days to make these changes.  We’ll post a “Go!” announcement here.

We have some dates for this year!

OK PSC folks, mark your calendars!

  • October 3,  2019. Fall Certification Workshop starts. Seven weekly webchats with one of our pulsar astronomers will help you become certified pulsar hunters!
  • February 6, 2020. Spring Certification Workshop. Same as fall workshop. New PSC students take this workshop and will have plenty of time to qualify for capstone!
  • April 6, 2020. Deadline to complete plots analysis and apply for capstone
  • May 28-31, 2020. WVU Capstone Seminar
  • May 15, 2020. Deadline to complete plots analysis  and apply for  camp!
  • July 14-23, 2020. PSC Camp in Green Bank.

College Credit via the PSC!

Great news! You can now get college credit via the PSC! 🙂
At West Virginia University the PSC is available as a three credit points course (ASTR 293B, costs: $75/hr) via the ACCESS program:

https://www.access.wvu.edu/

A little bit about the timeline if you decide to register:
1) The pointing requirement will be for the entire academic year, beginning on August 15 2018 until the end of the summer session (August 2, 2019).
2) A poster and paper will be due at the end of the summer session (August 2, 2019).

The paper is supposed to be written  in a similar style as for an astronomical journal which is very good practice!

If you would like to register, please go to the posted webpage and complete the online application (Step 1). Step 2 is the enrollment form which needs to be downloaded and signed by the guidance counselor indicating the GPA and a parent. It needs to be scanned and send back to WVU.

When the application process is complete, you will receive a follow up email with further instructions.

Let us know if you have questions about the course. This is a unique opportunity!

Summer Internships for High School Seniors!

Are you interested in engaging in a paid 2-week summer internship that will
provide you with (i) an early introduction to college, (ii) a community of
students like you, and (iii) a hands-on research experience? If so, please
apply for the summer internship at the link below. Further information is
also provided below. Please apply ASAP. Space in the paid 2-week summer
internship is limited.

Application link:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeYu19VwVYxmrG5UfmERj_izip0D6NmFTSRhb0aARFD4bDaYw/viewform?fbzx=1457842960059868279

First2 Network Summer 2019 internship: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeYu19VwVYxmrG5UfmERj_izip0D6NmFTSRhb0aARFD4bDaYw/viewform?fbzx=1457842960059868279

First2 Network info: https://highrocks.org/get-involved/opportunities/first2-network/

If you are a senior in high school, (or nontraditional student preparing to
go to college) who

-will be a first generation college student (A first-generation
college student is defined as a student for whom neither parent/guardian
has graduated from a 4-year institution. You can be a first generation
student even if your siblings have graduated from college.)

-is planning to major in a science, technology, engineering or
math related field, then you are in the right place! We are seeking rising freshmen who will be enrolled in a West Virginia community college, or 4-year college in the
fall of 2019 have the opportunity to join a program designed to support
rural, first generation students majoring in STEM fields.

You will become part of a community of students who are like you, so that
you are not going through this experience alone. West Virginia and the
Nation need more STEM professionals, but completing a STEM course of study
can be challenging. The First2 Network is a growing group of professors,
state officials and students like you who want to enhance your success in
STEM during the first two years of college. We ask you to join us in
building a better environment for STEM students, and to be an advocate and
leader in your hometown by encouraging future STEM students in your
community.

By completing this application you are agreeing, if accepted, to join the
First2 Network and

-participate in an all-expenses paid two-week STEM research
internship in summer of 2019

-participate in our educational research study

-depending on your level of participation, you may be awarded up
to $600.00, and travel support to present at a STEM conference.

You will also be offered the opportunity to

-participate in immersive programs that are designed to help you
succeed. This may include online meetings during the 2019-2020 academic
year that will provide a forum for discussion, problem solving and skill
development

-become a hometown STEM ambassador by visiting your hometown
community in the 2019-20 academic year

-join academic year research programs to begin or continue
research activities

-participate in professional meetings

To apply, please click here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeYu19VwVYxmrG5UfmERj_izip0D6NmFTSRhb0aARFD4bDaYw/viewform?fbzx=1457842960059868279

If you have further questions, please send an email to: undergradresearch@mail.wvu.edu

Further information is available here: https://undergraduateresearch.wvu.edu/