• CRLS observations at CfA 2

    CRLS observations at the CfA

    Students from Cambridge Rindge & Latin High School used the 9-inch Clark Telescope to image the Moon.

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    Imaging the Moon

    Students imaged the Moon with a CCD camera they mounted on the 9-inch Clark Telescope

  • An Arduino supernova

    Students simulate a supernova using an Arduino computer

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    Laptops provided by the Wolbach Library at the CfA

    Students are provided with laptops for the duration of the program

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    "Basic training" in the CfA Wolbach Library

    First SRMP cohort learning to work with astronomical images

The Science Research Mentoring Program (SRMP) at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) provides an opportunity for high-school juniors and seniors to work on a year-long independent research project in astrophysics under the guidance of a CfA astrophysicist. Students learn what it is actually like to conduct real, cutting-edge research and work closely with living scientists from diverse backgrounds. 

Outline of the program

  • Do real science with a Harvard astrophysicist.
  • 10 students, paired up with 5 mentors.
  • Program runs throughout the school year: September 2017 - June 2018
  • 2 meetings a week, 2 hours each time.
  • Students meet with their mentors at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
  • At the end of the year, students will present their research in talks and posters as part of a symposium at Harvard.
  • Laptops provided.
  • Stipends provided by the City of Cambridge.
  • Free.

See "Mentoring" tab for information about the application process for this program.

This program is supported in part by an NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowship under award AST-1602595, and the Wolbach Library at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.