PSC Camp: News

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:

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!

Capstone 2019 Participants: Check your emails!

To all of you who registered for the Capstone Seminar 2019: One of the first emails related to travel was sent out today. Please follow the instructions in that email (deadline for completing 50 pointings: May 5; deadline for letting us know about your travel plans: May 8) and let us know if you have questions! We are looking forward to welcome many of you here in Morgantown soon! 🙂

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:

First2 Network Summer 2019 internship:

First2 Network info:

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

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

-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:

If you have further questions, please send an email to:

Further information is available here:

PSC Members meet Jocelyn Bell Burnell, the discoverer of the first pulsar!

Two members of the PSC, Jorja and Kimberly from Penn State Abington, recently had the unique opportunity to attend a seminar given by Jocelyn Bell Burnell. Both had the chance to meet with Jocelyn after her seminar.  Jocelyn, who discovered the first pulsar in 1967, is always eager to hear what students are working on. Congratulations Jorja and Kimberly!

Jocelyn Bell Burnell to Speak Tonight!

Jocelyn Bell Burnell, discoverer of the first pulsars in 1967, and 2018 winner of the Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics, will speak tonight at the Perimeter Institute. n You can catch her talk on YouTube live!

or on the Perimeter Institute homepage:

The title of her talk is “What is that?!” The Discovery of Pulsars: A Grad Student’s Story. 

We are at Capstone Right now!

We have students from PA, CA, FL, WI, MD, DC, and WV!  Today is seminar day–we’re hearing some lectures from grad students and  professors this morn.  This afternoon will be our poster session.

Teachers and students who qualify for capstone also qualify for camp.  Have you applied?  If not, even though the deadline is past, you can apply this week and we will consider your application.