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Summer Intern Research Program
Since the summer of 2000, the JCA has been bringing
both undergraduate and graduate students together with
astronomers both within the
Physics Dept at UMBC
and at the NASA
Goddard Space Flight Center
(GSFC) in Greenbelt, Md.
Summer internships typically last 10-12 weeks, and involve research-based
study in one of the many areas of expertise of
and scientistics within the
Exploration of the Universe Division
These areas include
Groups & Clusters of Galaxies,
Gamma-ray Bursts, and
As noted on the
details of interns from previous years
the student's research often contributes to presentations at scientific
conferences, and in the astronomical research literature.
Since 2005, the JCA internship program has been consolidated under the
Physics Dept Internship Program.
It is anticipated the following projects will be
available for students in 2006.
For further details on an individual project, you should contact
Further details on the
internship program in general,
the application process and deadlines can be found at
"A toolbox for modeling the multiwavelength emission of quasar jets"
UMBC Physics Room 415; Tel 410-455-8149
on-campus at UMBC
Knowledge of either C or FORTRAN, and willingness to learn IDL.
No prior knowledge of astrophysics is required, but an interest in
learning some is.
Under guidance, you will work toward building a computer code that in
its final form will calculate the synchrotron and inverse Compton
emission from a decelerating relativistic jet. The code will be
eventually become publicly available for researchers to use, so it has
to be extremely well documented and clear.
"Jet Physics and Matter Content in Powerful Quasars"
UMBC Physics Room 416; Tel 410-455-1982
on-campus at UMBC
Strong background in physics, and an interest in astronomy, astrophysics and
This project will test this new diagnostic of jet matter content using
observations of two quasar jets with the Hubble Space Telescope,
Chandra X-ray Observatory and Spitzer Space Telescope.
will reduce data from these missions and compare them with models.
[Interns from Previous Years]
For more information, application procedure/forms etc see the
Physics Dept Internship Program, or contact
UMBC Physics Room 412; Tel 410-455-1978