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The following faculty and staff members in the UT Astronomy Department have openings for undergraduates to work with them on research. Contact them individually to find out more about a specific research project and ask about working with them. For an overview of research going on in the department, check out the department's Research Groups. Freshmen may also be interested in one of our CNS Freshman Research Initiative (FRI) streams.

The "Skills" entry describes the pre-requisite skills that the undergraduate would ideally need to have for the project. If you do not have all the skills, but are very motivated for a project and are willing to work hard to develop the relevant expertise, then do not be shy. Contact the faculty member to discuss a waiver of the pre-requisite skills or the possibility of taking the project after you take extra courses.

Once you start to work on a research project, please make sure to email the name of your research supervisor and the project topic to the Academic Program Coordinator at studentinfo@astro.as.utexas.edu. We need this information in order to nominate you for research awards and prizes.

 

 


Advisor: Will Best

Research Project: Nearby brown dwarfs -- searches for new discoveries, binaries, formation history, spectral analysis, classification

Research Term: Summer or Academic Year

Skills: Any


Advisor: Volker Bromm

Research Project: The James Webb Space Telescope and the first supernovae

Research Term: Summer or Academic Year

Skills: Any


Advisor: William Cochran

Research Project: Extrasolar planets, solar system

Research Term: Summer or Academic Year

Skills: Familiarity with computers (text editing, basic UNIX commands, simple programming) preferred


Advisor: Michael Endl

Research Project: Data analysis for exoplanet detection and precise radial velocities, activity studies of planet hosts, planet populations, stellar characteristics

Research Term: Any

Skills: Basic coding (Fortran, C, etc.)


Advisor: Neal Evans

Research Project: Star/Planet Formation; Working with infrared data from the Herschel Space Telescope. Assisting with collecting/archiving datasets, plus other science projects based on interests.

Research Term: Summer or Academic Year

Skills: Computer competence required; knowledge of IDL a plus but not required.


Advisor: Keely Finkelstein

Research Project: Star Formation and evolution in galaxies. Also possible projects in astronomy education research.

Research Term: Summer or Academic Year

Skills: Some computer/programming experience preferred


Advisor: Steven Finkelstein

Research Project: Discovering the most distant galaxies, and studying how they evolve with time, using large surveys such as CANDELS (candels.ucolick.org) and HETDEX (hetdex.org).

Research Term: Summer or Academic Year

Skills: Any


Advisor: Karl Gebhardt

Research Project 1: Dark Energy with HETDEX (hetdex.org)

Research Project 2: Black holes

Research Term: Summer or Academic Year

Skills: Any


Advisor: Gary Hill

Research Project: Instrumentation for the VIRUS and VIRUS2 instruments

Research Term: Summer, Semester, or Academic Year

Skills: Interest in instrumentation


Advisor: Gary Hill

Research Project: Very local galaxies in the HETDEX survey

Research Term: Summer, Semester, or Academic Year

Skills: Experience with Python is helpful


Advisor: Dan Jaffe

Research Project: Optical technology development for Astronomy

Research Term: Summer or Academic Year

Skills: After instrumentation course


Advisor: Shardha Jogee

Research Project: Formation and evolution of galaxies and black holes

Research Term: Summer or Academic Year

Skills: Preferably computer/programming experience, or a course on galaxies.


Advisor: Pawan Kumar

Research Project: Astrophysics of some of the powerful transient objects in the universe such as Gamma-ray bursts, neutron star mergers and gravitational waves, and fast radio bursts. 

Research Term: Summer or Academic Year

Skills: Strong Theory preference


Advisor: David Lambert

Research Project: Stellar atmospheres; chemical composition of stars; chemical evolution of the universe

Research Term: Summer or Academic Year

Skills: Depends on specific project. Some experience with IRAF desirable.


Advisor: Don Winget

Research Project: Experimental astrophysics, white dwarfs, open clusters, planets, debris disks

Research Term: Summer or Academic Year

Skills: Some programming or IRAF experience