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SURF: Announcements of Opportunity

Below are Announcements of Opportunity posted by Caltech faculty and JPL technical staff for the SURF program.

Each AO indicates whether or not it is open to non-Caltech students. If an AO is NOT open to non-Caltech students, please DO NOT contact the mentor.

Announcements of Opportunity are posted as they are received. Please check back regularly for new AO submissions! Remember: This is just one way that you can go about identifying a suitable project and/or mentor. Click here for more tips on finding a mentor.

Announcements for external summer programs are listed here.

New for 2021: Students applying for JPL projects should complete a SURF@JPL application instead of a "regular" SURF application.

Students pursuing opportunities at JPL must be
U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents.

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Project:  Exoplanet Watch Data Reduction Pipeline
Disciplines:  Astronomy/Astrophysics, Physics
Mentor:  Robert Zellem, (JPL), Robert.T.Zellem@jpl.nasa.gov
Background:  Exoplanet Watch is a citizen science project to observe transiting exoplanets, planets outside of our solar system, with small telescopes. A transiting exoplanet is one that periodically passes in front of its host star, causing the star to slightly dim (~1%). Observing exoplanet transits are important as they allow us to directly measure the planet's radius and composition.
Description:  The summer intern(s) will further develop EXOTIC, Exoplanet Watch's official data reduction pipeline, to make it faster, more user-friendly, and add more features (e.g., DSLR reduction support). The student(s) will also develop code for the Exoplanet Watch Meta Analysis Pipeline to, e.g., search for new planets via Transit Timing Variations. In addition, the summer intern(s) will help develop materials for Exoplanet Watch aimed at the general public.
References:  https://exoplanets.nasa.gov/exoplanet-watch/
https://github.com/rzellem/EXOTIC
Student Requirements:  Python3
Location / Safety:  Project building and/or room locations: . Student will need special safety training: .
Programs:  This AO can be done under the following programs:

  Program    Available To
       SURF    both Caltech and non-Caltech students 

Click on a program name for program info and application requirements.


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