Welcome to the Caltech ZTF Undergraduate Astronomy Institute for 2017!

Welcome to our ZTF Summer Undergraduate Astronomy Institute Web site!  David Cook (postdoctoral research scientist for ZTF) and Bryan Penprase (Research Professor from Pomona College and Co-I on the ZTF project), have been working together on a program for astrophysics undergraduates working both at Caltech and at Pomona College, and a few of our affiliated partner institutions.  The program is known as the “Summer Undergraduate Astronomy Institute” and is intended to help students learn about the science and technology surrounding their summer research projects, and to learn more about ZTF – the Zwicky Transient Factory. ZTF promises to be the premier instrument for discovering supernovae, variable stars and new asteroids, and this Institute will give you a great overview of techniques in time-domain astrophysics, observational astronomy and instrument development.

This year we are offering our third Undergraduate Astronomy Institute, and are happy to welcome students from Yale-NUS College, Pomona College, Caltech, IIT Gandhinagar, and many other institutions to our Institute. The 2017 institute is scheduled for three days – June 20-22 and will begin on Monday, June 20 at Caltech with two days of talks, lab tours, and lectures, followed by a tour of the Carnegie Observatories on June 22, and a night of observing on the Mt. Wilson 100″ telescope. Our NSF grant from ZTF is paying for all the expenses and we are hoping that the Institute will provide a great overview of astrophysics and also have a chance to learn more about what other undergraduates working in astrophysics are doing!

Our group includes group of 7 undergraduates working on SURF projects at Caltech, and 5 students working on SURP programs from Pomona College, and 3 students from Yale-NUS College in Singapore. The students in the program represent Caltech, Pomona College, Scripps College, Harvey Mudd College, Yale-NUS College (Singapore), IIT Gandhinagar (India), and Tsinghua University and Peking University (China). Highlights from the program include an opening dinner at Caltech with a dinner talk by Sam Waldman of SpaceX, a night of visual observing with the Mt. Wilson 100” telescope, tours of Caltech instrument labs, and hands-on observing and data analysis clinics at Caltech and Carnegie Observatories, and an evening of observing with the Palomar 200″ telescope on June 27.

More information on the program, the participants, and resources and datasets are provided on additional pages!  Please let me know if you have any additional questions and welcome to the program!

Bryan Penprase

Frank P. Brackett Professor of Astronomy, Pomona College

ZTF, co-I, Caltech (bpenprase@pomona.edu)