Student Research
The Cal Poly Pomona Astronomy Program offers a number of research opportunities for students. Here are a few examples of the research projects CPP students have participated in during the past few years:
  • Stephanie spent the summer building and testing a Helioseismograph at JPL, designed to study “sound” waves in the Sun’s chromosphere
  • Gregory, Michael, and Kyle each traveled during the school year (sometimes more than once) to the Palomar Observatory 5-m (200-inch) telescope to take data searching for Brown Dwarfs (sub-stellar objects, smaller than stars, bigger than planets) around nearby stars
  • Vicente worked during the summer at the Allen Telescope Array, a 42-antenna radio array in Northern California, designed to look for signals from extra-terrestrial civilizations (fictionalized in the movie Contact). Vicente worked to design and build an anchroic chamber to study radio interference from man-made objects (cell phones, iPods, computers, etc.) that might masquerade as alien signals
Additional opportunities exist for students interested in astronomy education and public outreach, working on Arizona mountaintops working with both children and adults to expose to them to the wonders of astronomy and other sciences at the acclaimed Astronomy Camp or the Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter.

These summer research opportunities are open to all physics majors and minors, and other interested students, depending on availability and background of each student. To learn more about these and other research opportunities, check out the links on the left, or contact us.

Student Research Opportunities

California-Arizona Minority Partnership for Astronomy Research and Education

The California-Arizona Minority Partnership for Astronomy Research and Education is an NSF-funded network of research opportunities for students at the CSU and community colleges in California. For more information about the program, click on this box or read about the various research opportunities below.


University of Arizona Steward Observatory

Travel to Tucson to participate in cutting-edge astronomy research at Steward Observatory, one of the top research observatories in the world. Each summer, CAMPARE sends students to work with Steward Observatory astronomers visiting telescopes in the nearby mountains, studying stars in the act of forming, observing "supernova imposters," and more. Click on this box for more information.


Astrobiology and the Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence (SETI)

Study extreme forms of life on Earth that may give clues about life's origins, participate in the search for life elsewhere in the solar system, or help build a radio telescope to search for signals from alien civilizations. All of these are part of the field of Astrobiology, the study of the origin, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the universe.


JPL and Caltech

Work with scientists from JPL and Caltech to study nearby asteroids, dunes on Saturn's moon Titan, and the atmospheres of distant planets outside our Solar System. Click on this box for more information.

Astronomy Students
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