Fall 2015 Undergraduate Fellowships
The Hawaii Space Grant Consortium awarded
undergraduate fellowships in the Fall of 2015 to students at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa and Hilo. Undergraduate traineeships were awarded to students at several campuses. The Fall Symposium was held on Saturday, November 21, 2015 at UH Mānoa. This was the Symposium Schedule (pdf).
University of Hawaii at Mānoa:
- Logan Magad-Weiss, senior in Geology and Geophysics, will be researching "The Effects of Laser Space Weathering on Olivine and Pyroxene of Known Iron Values." Working with mentor Dr. Jeffrey Gillis-Davis of the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, Logan's laboratory project simulates the effects of space weathering on two common planet-forming minerals. This work is relevant to the interpretation of remote sensing data of airless planetary bodies whose surface properties have been changed by space weathering. Final Report
- Kimberly Teehera, a junior in Biochemistry will continue working with mentor Dr. Norbert Schörghofer of the Institute for Astronomy on a project titled "Secondary Minerals in Lava Tubes on Mauna Loa." Kimberly is using a variety of analysis techniques to identify minerals and chemical processes from a collection of water and rock samples. The geochemical data will be compared to humidity and temperature conditions in the cave. Studies of terrestrial ice-filled lava tubes are relevant to the fields of astrobiology and climate of Mars. Final Report
University of Hawaii at Hilo:
- Amy Brittain, a senior in Astronomy and Physics, will work with mentor Dr. Bo Reipurth of the Institute for Astronomy on a project about star formation using optical data and new infrared spectroscopic data she will collect with NASA's InfraRed Telescope Facility. The project involves a comparison of star masses and ages to evolutionary models and time scales for the formation of the Horsehead Nebula. The title of Amy's project is "Spectral Analysis of Newborn Stars in the Horsehead Nebula."
- Kyla Defore, a senior in Geology, will be researching the "Formation Processes of Martian Gully Systems" with mentor Dr. Jene Michaud of the Department of Geology. Kyla will use NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter/HiRISE images to study the location, orientation, size, and morphology of gullies. She will compare these data with seasonal variations in Sun exposure and local environmental conditions to learn more about gully formation processes.
- Wilfred Gee, a senior in Astronomy, will work with mentor Dr. Joshua Walawender of the Subaru Telescope-National Astronomical Observatory of Japan on the photometric detection of planets orbiting other stars using robotic observatories. In his project "Demonstrating Exoplanet Discovery with the PANOPTES Citizen-Science Project," Wilfred will be generating light-curves and assessing the photometric capabilities of the PANOPTES imaging unit in preparation for an automated data pipeline. Final Report
- Derek Hand, a senior in Astronomy and Physics will be researching "The Care and Growth of Merging Galaxies and Their Central Black Holes" with mentor Dr. Andreea Petric of the Gemini Observatory. Derek will use multiple data sets to study the properties of the molecular gas in Luminous Infrared Galaxies. This work will test theoretical predictions of changes in the molecular gas due to merging galaxies and to activity related to super massive black holes.
- Jasmin Silva, a junior in Astronomy and Physics, will continue her project, "Understanding Galactic Evolution through Absorption," with mentor Dr. Kathy Cooksey of the Department of Astronomy and Physics. Jasmin is using data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey to construct and analyze composite absorption-line spectra of the cosmic web. This work contributes to the understanding of the gaseous structure surrounding galaxies and its evolution with time Final Report
- Nicolette Thomas, a sophomore in Astronomy and Biology, will be studying the "Biologic Analog Science Associated with Lava Terrains" with mentor Dr. John Hamilton of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Nicolette will be collecting rock samples for laboratory analysis of their microbial populations. This Hawaii-based field project is an analog astrobiology investigation applicable to studies of the volcanic plains and past habitable environments on Mars.
Fall 2015 Undergraduate Traineeships
University of Hawaii at Mānoa:
- Amber Mokelke, a junior in Electrical Engineering, will work with mentor Dr. Jeffrey Gillis-Davis of the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology in the laser space weathering laboratory. In her project, "Modeling Micrometeorite Impacts," Amber will help set up a new spectrometer to collect data in the mid-infrared spectral range from samples subjected to simulated micrometeorite bombardment and space weathering.
University of Hawaii at Hilo:
- Jamison Domingsil, a senior in Environmental Science and Geography, will pursue his interests in remote sensing and using unmanned aerial vehicles to map invasive plants. Working with mentor Dr. Ryan Perroy of the Department of Geography and Environmental Science, Jamison will assit with data collection in the field and image processing and analysis in his project, "Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Detecting Miconia calvescens in Hawai'i Island."
- Alexander Hedglen, a junior in Astronomy and Physics, will work with mentor Dr. Kathy Cooksey of the Department of Physics and Astronomy on astronomical data reduction. Using his IDL and C programming skills, Alexander will process raw images and calibration files of galaxies in optical and ultraviolet spectroscopic data in his project, "Learning Data Reduction of Astronomical Spectra."
Kauai Community College:
- Darylene McLeod "Mechanical Modeling of Neutron Detecting Scintillators."
Project Imua RockSat Trainees:
Working together on "UHCC Collaborative Approach to Designing, Fabricating, Assembling, and Testing a Scientific Payload for Launch Onboard RockSat-X"
Project Imua RockSat Program Guidelines–Roles and Expectations
- From Honolulu CC: Matthew Mau, Debora Pei, Suraj Mehta
- From Kapi'olani CC: Kalaimoana Garcia, Jarren Endrina, Yu Gong, and Cody Shinsato
- From Kauai CC: Nicholas Herrmann, Kaina Allard-Mahoney, Ryan Uyesono, and Brennen Sprenger
- From Windward CC: Elena Barbour, Kalanikapu Copp, Keith Nakamatsu, Cale Mechler, Madori Rumpungworn
Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory—HSFL Trainees:
- Glenn Galvizo, Christianne Izumigawa, Tina Li, Andrew Nguyen, Adrianna Saymo, and Chase Yasunaga are working on the New Mexico Sounding Rocket Team of the CubeSat Research and Development Project.
- Aaron Nagamine and Grant Takara are working on a project titled "Development of the Next Generation of Electromagnetic Torque Rods to Control a Small Satellite."
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