Research Opportunities for Students
I have been mentoring both undergraduate and graduate students for research projects related to the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT). Please contact us if you are interested in EHT-related projects at MIT Haystack Observatory.
For undergraduates, there are a couple of research programs hosted and sponsored by MIT.
The first one is MIT Haystack Observatory REU program, hosting undergraduate students every summer. I have served as a mentor of this program since 2013, and have mentored 10 students from a wide variety of schools such as community colleges, liberal arts colleges, and larger universities. All of my previous REU students presented their research projects at the annual conference of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) in January. Some of them were published as the refereed journal papers.
MIT undergraduates have another opportunity to work with us through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). Although the Haystack Observatory is a little bit far from the main campus, we have an office at the main campus where students may work and have a regular meeting with us for UROP research projects.
Although I yet haven't had an opportunity to mentor a graduate student at MIT, I previously mentored a PhD student from UMass Lowell, who worked with us as a summer intern. I have been mentoring PhD students at East Asian institutes in the EHT Collaboration, for instance, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) and Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute (KASI).