PSC Camp: News

Capstone Application is Live!

Please complete this short application to participate in your capstone seminar. The grant funds most capstone expenses at all hub institutions; so your meals and activities should be covered. Some capstones last for one -day and some for more than one, so pay attention to the dates as you sign up!

Anyone without a local Hub sponsored capstone is welcome to come to the WVU capstone.

Once you are at WVU, there is no cost to students, teachers, or chaperones. We do not have a travel budget for capstone, but if that is the only thing preventing you or your club from participating, email Sue Ann at
sheather , and we will see if we can subsidize your travel by some amount.

PSC Camp Application is OPEN

PSC camp is held at the Green Bank Observatory and is for active student, teacher, mentor, and hub faculty members of the PSC.

Students, teachers and mentors: to be eligible you must pass both PSC data tests and analyze 20 pointings (datasets) on the database, by June 1, 2017. We are here to help, so get cracking!

The application is here:

We have space for up to 40 students, 20 teachers, 16 mentors, and 4 hub faculty. It’s a blast. We hope you can join us!


Active PSC Members (teachers and students) who successfully pass  data analysis tests 1 and 2, AND analyze 20 sets of plots  (called pointings) are eligible to attend a Capstone Seminar at  your Hub institution.  If you do not have an active Hub near you, then you are welcome to join us at the West Virginia University Capstone!

During Capstone you will:

  • share the work that you have done analyzing plots with your peers and other scientists.
  • Meet faculty, including pulsar astronomers of course!
  • Learn about STEM majors by touring Science and engineering labs,
  • Participate in fun hands-on activities
  • Experience Campus life
  • Hang-out, and make new friends!

Capstone is awesome!  More on this exciting opportunity– dates etc, as we receive them from our hubs!

Lorimer Burst Discovery Story in WVU Magazine!


The universe is sending us 10,000 messages every day. You can’t see them. You can’t understand them. But then again, neither can anybody else.

Astrophysics professor Duncan Lorimer was sitting at his desk in Hodges Hall at West Virginia University in early 2007 when one of his undergraduate students walked in. Physics and political science senior David Narkevic had been looking through readouts of radio signals from the Parkes Radio Telescope in Australia. He was looking for more examples of a kind of rotating star—a pulsar—that emits very short radio signals. And he found something.

It was strange. A dark line in a place on the graph that meant it was incredibly far away. If the reading was right, it was possible that the signal was both a billion light years away and a billion years in the past.

Lorimer took a look. And then he put it aside. It probably wasn’t anything. “I kind of told him to go back to work, and I put it in a drawer,” Lorimer said.

Read the rest in WVU Magazine.

PSC College Course is Back!

We will again be offering the PSC for WVU credit this year. This is a fantastic opportunity for students to get three credits under their belt before starting college, and to have a tangible reward for their PSC work.
  • Please read the course syllabus carefully to determine if you  are eligible,  and would like to enroll.
  • The fee will be $153 for the three-credit course. The first step for students is to fill out this registration form: and fax it to the number on the form. The CRN is 19076 and course name is ASTR 293A. We’d like to get all of the registrations in before the end of the year, if possible.
  • Also, if you do sign students up, please let Maura  know so she can stay on top of the applications and make sure they get through the system in time (maura.mclaughlin-at-