Science Internship Program (SIP)
The Science Internship Program provides motivated, advanced students with a unique opportunity to work and learn at a premier research institution.
SIP is a summer-long (10 week) research internship program for high school students in STEM fields. The University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) faculty, graduate students, and post-doctoral researchers provide one-on-one mentoring of these high-school interns. The research projects are real in that they are not made up just for the high-school students; instead students are inserted into existing research projects here at UCSC.
PyaR (Python and Research) tutorial
PyaR is a Python tutorial that covers the basics of Python computer programming via a series of 6 Jupyter notebooks that are derived from the data analysis software tools used in the scientific journal article led by Claire Dorman (Raja GuhaThakurta’s former PhD student at the University of California Santa Cruz) on the stellar disk kinematics and the satellite bombardment history of the Andromeda galaxy. Claire and Raja, with help from UCSC PhD students Emily Cunningham, Amanda Quirk, Asher Wasserman, and César Rojas-Bravo, developed the tutorial by replacing key lines of code in the Jupyter notebooks with coding instructions.
Participants are expected to recreate these lines of code as they work through the tutorial. Students can go through the tutorial at their own pace without instruction. However, we would also be happy to provide remote mentoring sessions for interested students via Zoom videoconferencing. The sessions will include Q&A on Python issues and will cover the key astrophysical concepts that are relevant for the tutorial.