2013 Student All-Stars One

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This so awesome

Written By: Brian Tam - Aug• 02•13

Everyone should take a look at this video. It contains a lot of galactic occurrences that we would unfortunately miss out on.

Last Day.

Written By: Alex Paz - Jul• 30•13

Though today is the last day, the things we learned during the program will stay with us for the years to come. The teachers presented their ideas for future classes and the students presented their questions. We leave with a brain filled with new knowledge. The program helped me and I hope it helped the others in this program and I hope it will continue for other people in the future so the too will get the knowledge we got and even more. This is not goodbye but more of a till next time. So till next time students, teachers, and mentors. Thank you for this wonderful experience.

What?! It’s been two and a half weeks already?!

Written By: Brian Tam - Jul• 30•13

Wow that went on fast. I’m gonna miss everyone! I’m gonna miss the wonderful teaches and scientists that set away their time to volunteer teaching us. I know we’re annoying at (most) times, and you could’ve used your time doing more investing things than tolerating us rascals.

For that I am sincerely grateful. I, for one am a pretty rebellious kid, thanks for tolerating my hyperactivity.

To all the Payton people, I shall miss you for the next month, then I would get fed up with you all at school 😛

Take care everyone! Maybe in the future, I’ll run into some of you in the universe somewhere.

The day is ending ! Boom boom

Written By: Tania Romero - Jul• 30•13

The best 2 weeks and a half been life changing. I see the universe in a different perception. I learned a lot and also met cool people . I would do this again because then I would ask question and I would understand more . Thanks for all the teachers for helping us and coming to this program and the the people who made this program happen 🙂

Dawn of the Final Day

Written By: David Zegeye - Jul• 30•13

I can’t believe that it has already been two weeks and a half weeks. Although my time here may not seem long, the experience of being at the University of Chicago has been great. It was always fun to come to the university to learn astronomy and how our universe works. I will truly miss my time here and I hope that I can someday learn at the university. So long, and thanks for all the fish!

The end :'(

Written By: Hannah Tomlinson - Jul• 30•13

I have learned so much from this experience during the past few weeks. I came into this program with very little knowledge of astronomy, and I feel that I have learned a great deal of valuable information that I believe will help me decide what to do later on in life. I had a great time during this program, and I will miss it.

And So The Storm Has Blown Over

Written By: Anton Ulyanov - Jul• 30•13

Looking back at these three weeks, first learning the basic building blocks of astronomy and even taking a journey back to freshman physics, and then frantically scrambling to create a coherent presentation showing the results of my research, I realize how much about astronomy I’ve learned. I’m very grateful to the University of Chicago for providing me with the opportunity to meet such great people and learn about a field I haven’t had much exposure in previously. With my new knowledge about the world of science, I hope that I will be able to somehow continue pursuing science in the future.

Finishing touches.

Written By: Alex Paz - Jul• 29•13

We finish our final touches on our presentations as the day ends. All to do now is wait for tomorrow to come to present our work.
Since NASA is about space I was thinking about different meanings for the letters and I came up with : Not Alone Seeking Aliens.

Not As Easy As It Seems

Written By: Anton Ulyanov - Jul• 29•13

Today, we worked on our presentations. Trying to get my ideas down on paper, I realized there’s a whole new dimension to the scientific process that I had previously not considered. While I had a lot of ideas and I generally knew what I wanted to say, it was really hard to convert the results I saw in my graphs into concrete ideas. It was even more difficult to convert those thoughts into sentences that would be coherent for the entire class when I present tomorrow. I know that making the PowerPoint will get my ideas organized for tomorrow.

The Consequences of falling asleep on the job :)

Written By: Brian Tam - Jul• 29•13






Working on the project

Written By: Brian Tam - Jul• 29•13

Working hard or hardly working?
Photo by Hannah and Sydney who are in the dining room , working…

The Trials of Making a Presentation

Written By: David Zegeye - Jul• 26•13

So far we have been having ups and downs when it came to working on our presentation. Our first major problem was figuring our which questions to use in our presentations. Then, we had to figure out show we will answer these questions using the data we found. One the bright side, we are close I answering one of the question so we just need to answer the others and we’re finished. Easier said than done.

Covering Ground

Written By: Malek Sarhan - Jul• 26•13

Today we covered a lot of ground. we began our presentations on our questions. We need to ask a question about the universe and answer it using the tools from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. Currently my question is finding a relation between red-shift (another way to find distance) and apparent magnitude (another way of saying brightness in how we see the objects). that’s all for now.

Getting ready for Tuesday.

Written By: Alex Paz - Jul• 26•13

Today we are making our presentations for Tuesday. They will present a question and then they will try to answer it with the data we gathered from the website. During the making of our presentation, a new question popped in my head.
Does the distance of the galaxy affect the size of it?
I still have no answer for it so I will have to do some research.

A New Beginning

Written By: Anton Ulyanov - Jul• 26•13

Today, I was looking forward to talk to Professor York about the graphs I created during the previous workday. And, coming up to him to talk about my data, I was absolutely positive that this would be my research question for the presentation. We spent about the first 45 seconds out of our half hour-long conversation discussing the data I collected. The rest went off in directions I haven’t previously considered at all.

The new things we talked about were even more exciting than what I had planned. From a simple data analysis question, the Professor and I began talking about how we can use redshift to determine the velocity of a galaxy, and how our newly created graphs reflected the nature of galaxy formation in the universe. I am very thankful for Professor York’s time, and for the opportunity he gave me to make my own conclusions rather than just feeding me information.

Now, I’m absolutely positive that this will be my new research topic. That is, until I have another chance to talk to Dr. York.