The Dunlap Institute's 2012 Summer Undergraduate Research Program participants, and SURP organizer, Dunlap Fellow Anne-Marie Weijmans (far l.).
Alexander Mechev and Dunlap Fellow Jerome Maire.
Dunlap Prof. Shelley Wright and Miranda Jarvis.
Steven Li and Miranda Jarvis.
SURP organizer, Dunlap Fellow Anne-Marie Weijmans and Mathias Hudoba de Badyn, UBC.
Dunlap Fellow Quinn Konopacky leads Maryna Tsybulska and Fangda Li through a segment of the program called "Inferring the Invisible."
The "Inferring the Invisible" unit used the inquiry method of science education and required participants to ask questions from a learner's perspective.
The undergrads showing off the Dunlap Institute's transit of Venus solar glasses.
The 16-week program culminated in presentations in which undergrads described the results of their research projects to their fellow participants, as well as to professors, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students from the Dunlap, DAA, and CITA. Maryna Tsybulska, from the University of Manitoba, spoke on observing strategies for MaNGA - Mapping Nearby Galaxies at APO.
Benoit Cyrenne, Queen's University, presenting on the characterization of a diffraction grating for the Wide Integral Field Infrared Spectrograph being developed at the Dunlap Institute.
Alexandar Mechev, from the University of Waterloo. Under the supervision of Dunlap Fellow Jerome Maire, Alex's research project focused on the processing of data that will eventually come from the Gemini Planet Imager (GPI), an instrument planned for the Gemini South telescope in Chile for imaging planets orbiting nearby stars. Dunlap Director James Graham is Project Scientist for GPI.
Steven Li, fourth-year undergraduate Engineering Science (Aerospace) student at the University of Toronto, presenting on the Balloon-borne Imaging Testbed (BIT) telescope being developed at the U of T. Scheduled for launch in the summer of 2014, the pointing accuracy of the atmospheric telescope is expected to rival that of the Hubble Space Telescope.
Emil Terziev, University of Toronto, on detecting binary stars that otherwise look like single stars in wide-angle survey images.
Pegah Salbi, University of Toronto, on The Dunlap's Arctic Wide Field Cameras that operated at the Polar Environmental Atmospheric Research Laboratory (PEARL) on Ellesmere Island in February 2012.
Miranda Jarvis, University of Toronto, on searching for infrared evidence of black hole accretion in nearby galaxies using observations from the Keck-2 and Hubble Space telescopes.
Paul Tan, University of Toronto, on the detection of exoplanets transiting M-dwarf stars using the Dunlap Institute's 0.5-metre telescope which is currently undergoing testing at the New Mexico Skies observatory.
Andrey Vayner, University of Toronto, was supervised by Prof. Shelley Wright during the Dunlap's summer student research program. His research focused on the detection of galaxies in which are found luminous quasars.
Bryn Orth-Lashley, presenting the findings of a six-year monitoring program of 24 very low mass brown dwarf binaries using data obtained with a laser guide star, adaptive-optics camera on the Keck-2 telescope.
Yutong Shan, Queen's University, on studying the atmosphere of WASP33b, a Jupiter-size planet in a close orbit around its host star. Precision photometry and spectroscopy when the planet passes behind the star paints a picture of WASP33b's atmosphere.
What better way to celebrate a successful summer undergraduate research program than with liquid nitrogen strawberry ice cream.
You scream, I scream, we all scream for liquid-nitrogen ice cream!